Military aircraft artist bids to boost memorial garden appeal

Tony Byrne and Lt Col Tulloch RM, second-in-command of Chivenor-based Commando Logistic Regiment, ar

Tony Byrne and Lt Col Tulloch RM, second-in-command of Chivenor-based Commando Logistic Regiment, are pictured with the print at the site of the new memorial garden. - Credit: Archant

Helicopter print to be auctioned in aid of RMB Chivenor campaign.

A BARNSTAPLE artist is auctioning a signed print to raise money for the RMB Chivenor Memorial Garden.

Tony Byrne, a veteran of the Army Air Corps, has painted pictures of military aircraft for a number of years and has offered to help boost the appeal with a print taken from his painting of the Sea King Mk 4 Helicopter, ZA298.

Part of the Royal Navy’s Commando Helicopter Force, known as the ‘Junglies’, the helicopter is affectionately known as the ‘King of the Junglies’.

Tony said: “This particular helicopter has taken part in every conflict that Britain has been involved in since the Sea King came into service, and during that time it has been shot down three times.


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“It is no surprise that they call it King of the Junglies, it just keeps getting back up.”

The special print has been signed by the aircrew of 845 Squadron currently serving with the aircraft and is now available to view at Brewer, Harding and Rowe Solicitors in Barnstaple.

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It will also be displayed in Atlantic Village on November 16.

Bidders are invited to make sealed bids and the presentation to the winning bidder will take place at the Veterans’ Art Show at Petroc on February 3.

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