Painter of the open skies edition® / In honor of all our veterans.
The Lancaster bomber emerges through glowing skies from an enemy attack. With a brave pilot and his trusty crew of 6, it’s ready for a battle it most surely will win.
This painting is dedicated to a local hero named Jerry Billing.
As a young boy, Jerry Billing dreamed of flying after reading books about WWI pilots. When WWII started Jerry knew it was his chance to fly, fight, and make a difference. He joined the RCAF in 1940 as an air gunner (bomber), and advanced to wireless air gunner because of his eagerness to learn and his proficiency in Morse Code. In 1942, Jerry joined #19 Squadron RAF which was equipped with the Spitfire MKV. Jerry saw lots of action and never hesitated to tear into the enemy to save his fellow crew on the Lancaster, also called Avro Lancaster.
This is the most successful British heavy bomber in World War II flown by the Royal Air Force.
Thank you to all our veteran men & women that risk their lives to give us our freedom.