This dramatic painting of a Handley Page Halifax
heavy bomber over a German industrial target has been in the works
for nearly 10 years now! It took Whitcomb that long to research,
paint and publish this edition along with everything else he has
done in the last decade, including research, write, illustrate and
publish his first book;Avro Aircraft & Cold War Aviation. The
Halifax bomber is a relatively un-sung aircraft even by non-American
standards yet it was the mainstay of Bomber Command during the most
challenging phases of this aspect of the war. The Halifax entered
service earlier than the Avro Lancaster and more Canadians served
on Halifaxes by far than on the more popularised Lancaster. The
flushriveted Halifax Mk. III, using Bristol Hercules radial engines
of around 1,800hp each, made the Halifax more powerful than either
the Lancaster or Boeing B-17 and this aircraft was a match for any
bomber in the European Theatre.
While many have raised moral issues over the night bombing offensive
in particular, at the time it appears to have been the only method
Britain had of directly attacking Germany. Considering the fact
that the Germans bombed British civilian targets in both WW I and
WW II, not to mention Hitler's "starve them into submission"
policy, the enforcement of which was then falling to the equally
inhumane V-boat offensive, the moral issue changes with viewpoint.
Other primary sources reinforce these opinions while, strangely,
some historians suggest that the allied Bomber Offensive was a failure.
However Heinz Guderian, the famed German tank commander (later in
charge of production and deployment of armour for the Reich), stated
that the heart of the German industrial machine, the Ruhr Valley,
had "ceased to exist as a viable economic area" by the
end of 1943 due directly to the results of Bomber Command and the
VSAAF's relentless bombing. Luftwaffe General of Fighters, Adolph
Galland, has related similar findings in his book The First and