This spectacular, highly detailed original oil on canvas painting is wonderful depiction of the Battleship HMS Howe during operations in 1944. HMS Howe (pennant number 32) was the last of five British King George V-class battleships built for the Royal Navy. Built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, she was laid down on 1 June 1937 and launched 9 April 1940. HMS Howe was completed on 29 August 1942 after her building time was extended, as needed war supplies were diverted to work of a higher priority such as the construction and repair of both merchant ships and escort ships. Like her sister-ship Anson, Howe would spend much of her career in the Arctic providing cover for convoys headed to Murmansk and Archangel.
In 1943 Howe took part in Operation Husky and bombarded Trapani naval base and Favignana in support of the allied invasions. Along with King George V, Howe escorted two surrendered Italian battleships to Alexandria. Howe was later sent to the Pacific where she supported Task Force 113 and provided naval bombardment for the Allied landings at Okinawa on 1 April 1945.
Following the end of the war, Howe spent four years as flagship of the Training Squadron at Portland, before she was placed in reserve in 1950. Background information courtsey of Wikipedia.
. This amazing painting comes stretched and ready to frame and would make a fantastic gift for any WW2 Veteran or Veteran's family member, especially for those that were in the navy during the war.
Approximate Image size: 24" x 16"
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