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Jet Attack by David Pentland. (AP)


Jet Attack by David Pentland. (AP)

Oberleutenant Schalls ME 262 of JG7 catches the Australian crewed Lancaster from 5 group dead astern as it lines up for its bombing run on the Hamburg U-Boat pens. Even at this angle the speed of the jet made it difficult to get off more than a few bursts of cannon fire before it passed through the British formation. The episode was witnessed by navigator Cecil Keys in the leading Lancaster QR/Y from 61 squadron on his last raid of the war. Lt. Schall, an ace with 117 kills, and 2nd highest jet ace of the war with 14 victories was killed the following day when his aircraft hit a bomb crater on landing at his base of Parchim.
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The Story of Jet Attack in the words of the artist, David Pentland

Early in 1995 I attended my great uncle's funeral at Lisburn, a town near Belfast. Billy had been a veteran of the Somme in 1916, and the oldest member of the local ex-servicemen association, The British Legion. His old friends gave him a good send off and afterwards over a few drinks I fell into conversation with one of the, a World War Two RAF radio operator, Cecil Keys. At that time I was intending to start a new commission related to the end of the war in Europe, to tie in with the up and coming VE Day celebrations which were to be held in May. So it was by this chance meeting that I found the subject for my next painting.

Cecil related that most of his war had involved bombing missions by night over Europe or clandestine weapons drops for the French Resistance from bases in North Africa. Towards the closing days of the war though, the RAF undertook some daylight raids and it was on Cecil's last mission of the war that he had his encounter with the deadly Messerschmitt 262. The Lancaster bomber crews felt reasopnably safe with their escort of Polish Mustangs against a broken Luftwaffe largely grounded through fuel shortages, but as the RAF lined up for their attack on the Hamburg U-boat pens, the unexpected occurred as German jets ripped into the bombers. Temporarily at a loose end Cecil took this moment to glance out the astrodome while the navigator was directing the bomb run, and it was at this moment he saw the aircraft speeding directly towards him near the tail of the bomber stream. He vividly described how the jet having slipped past the escort opened fire on the aircraft behind his, sending it into a terminal dive, while his own escaped the same fate by virtue of the fact the Me262 was travelling too fast to get in an aimed shot.

Although Cecil had provided the basic details to work on, I needed to carry out some further research to ensure the paintings' accuracy, as I'm sure most readers will agree is vital in works of this genre. Study of various accounts listed the downed Lancaster as QR/J of No.61 Sqn piloted by F/L A P Greenfield with a crew also on their last mission. Five of the crew were killed including the pilot : F/L Albert Paulton Greenfield DFC, aged 24, Fl Off William J A Gibb, aged 28, Flt Sgt William John Haddon, aged 30, Pilot Officer Victor Patrick Smith and Flt Sgt John Robert King. Two crew managed to escape the aircraft : Sgt W J A Fraser and Flt Sgt S D P Goodey, both of whom were injured and taken to hospital where they remained until the end of the war. On the German side I was able to identify the jet pilot as Oberleutnant Franz Schall, a top Luftwaffe Ace with 137 victories, and second highest jet Ace with 14 victories. Sadly Schall was killed the following day when his aircraft hit a shell hole on landing at his base at Parchim. Details of the Hamburg docks and U-boat pens came from my brother who works in the city.

The completed painting was ready for the VE Day celebrations and was used in a major newspaper feature to advertise the event.

The Aircraft :
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LancasterThe Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' "Operation Gomorrah" in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.
Me262The Messerschmitt Me-262 Swallow, a masterpiece of engineering, was the first operational mass-produced jet to see service. Prototype testing of the airframe commenced in 1941 utilizing a piston engine. General Adolf Galland, who was in charge of the German Fighter Forces at that time, pressured both Goring and Hitler to accelerate the Me-262, and stress its use as a fighter to defend Germany from Allied bombers. Hitler, however, envisioned the 262 as the aircraft which might allow him to inflict punishment on Britain. About 1400 Swallows were produced, but fortunately for the Allies, only about 300 saw combat duty. While the original plans for the 262 presumed the use of BMW jet engines, production Swallows were ultimately equipped with Jumo 004B turbojet engines. The wing design of the 262 necessitated the unique triangular hull section of the fuselage, giving the aircraft a shark-like appearance. With an 18 degree swept wing, the 262 was capable of Mach .86. The 262 was totally ineffective in a turning duel with Allied fighters, and was also vulnerable to attack during take off and landings. The landing gear was also suspect, and many 262s were destroyed or damaged due to landing gear failure. Despite its sleek jet-age appearance, the 262 was roughly manufactured, because Germany had lost access to its normal aircraft assembly plants. In spite of these drawbacks the 262 was effective. For example, on April 7, 1945 a force of sixty 262s took on a large force of Allied bombers with escort fighters. Armed with their four nose-mounted cannons, and underwing rockets the Swallows succeeded in downing or damaging 25 Allied B-17s on that single mission. While it is unlikely that the outcome of the War could have been altered by an earlier introduction or greater production totals for this aircraft, it is clear to many historians that the duration of the War might have been drastically lengthened if the Me-262 had not been too little too late.

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