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War hero’s exploits to inspire today’s pupils

Patrick Taylor donated this painting, by former pilot Graham Coton, to Framlingham College. It depicts the raid on Amiens jail in German-occupied France in 1944.

Patrick Taylor donated this painting, by former pilot Graham Coton, to Framlingham College. It depicts the raid on Amiens jail in German-occupied France in 1944.

An historic painting of a Second World War raid led by a former Framlingham College student has been donated to the college’s library on the 70th anniversary of the event.

Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO, DFC, who attended Framlingham College between 1926 and 1932, led the raid on Amiens Prison in France, as part of Operation Jericho, in February 1944. He was killed in action.

The oil painting is by Graham Coton, a former pilot who served in the Royal Air Force. Unveiled at the college earlier this month, it has been agreed it will be hung in the library. Patrick Taylor, another former Framlingham College pupil, donated the painting. He was in Kerrison House from 1943 to 1946.

Patrick Taylor also donated his copy of the film Target for Tonight, videos of two TV films on Amiens and a recent book about the controversy of the raid.

Paul Taylor, Framlingham College headmaster, who was also on hand at the unveiling event, said: “The College is hugely proud of its association with Group Captain Pickard and of his leadership of one of the most important RAF operations of World War Two, and we are very grateful for the donation of this specially commissioned painting of that raid.

“It now sits proudly in our library with a full citation so that future generations of Framlinghamians can be reminded of the heroics of their predecessors’ role in enabling us to live with the freedom that we all enjoy today.”

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