To Fight Another Day – Prints now available

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Just received the prints of the painting ‘To Fight Another Day’, (and the Whitley painting), and will be signing them in the morning.  I featured this painting as a work in progress before Christmas so I’m delighted to be able to launch the prints at last.  It depicts Pilot Officer W C ‘Bill’ Watling of 92 Squadron struggling to bale out of his burning Spitfire P9372 after being bounced by Messerschmitt Bf109s off Camber Sands on 9th September 1940. Bill managed to escape with burns to his hands and face, whilst his Spitfire crashed just inland near East Guldeford.

For more details, please click HERE or on the image.

NEW Whitley painting and prints

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I’ve just completed this new painting of the lovely old Armstrong Whitworth Whitley.  I was lucky to meet several ex-Whitley aircrew over the years and always wanted to pay tribute to them in a painting.  As they were almost all based in Yorkshire with 4 Group, I decided that a landing scene over the Yorkshire moors would be appropriate and wintry weather would reflect the ops that they carried out throughout the winter of 1940.

The 30″ x 16″ original is now for sale and prints can be pre-ordered now for despatch on 24th February.  For more details on the original please click on the painting.  For more details of prints, CLICK HERE.

New Original Painting Ju52

 

 

..and finally after a busy Christmas and New Year period, I’m back at the easel trying to catch up with a few commissions. Here’s the first, depicting Junkers Ju52s of IV./KG.z.b.V.2, based at Breslau-Gandau, dropping incendiary bombs over Warsaw on 25 September 1939. This will be used on the cover of a forthcoming Osprey book on Ju52 Units. As far as my addled memory can work out, I think this is only the second time I’ve ever painted this wonderful old aircraft, the first time being over 20 years ago!
The original HAS JUST SOLD – one hour after posting, click on the image for more details;

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New Original Painting For Sale

 

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I started this painting quite a while ago as a study of a couple of hares in winter. It was always my intention to bring a bit of aviation into it but it took me quite a while to decide what and how! I’m pleased to say that I’ve now finished it, title is ‘Border Patrol’ and it shows B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 8th ‘Hare’ Force (sorry I couldn’t resist it) returning to base in the winter of 1944.
The original 30″ x 20″ canvas is now for sale, negotiable around £3500. ($4300 approx). For more details click on the image above.

NB!  Thanks to a lot of interest in this painting, we’re now offering limited edition prints of it, click HERE for more details.

Dambusters – Courage and Sacrifice

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I’m delighted to be able to unveil a major new painting of Operation Chastise that has been ongoing for the past few months.  Titled ‘Dambusters – Courage and Sacrifice’ it depicts the second attack on the Möhne Dam carried out by Flt Lt John Hopgood and his crew in ED925 ‘M’ Mother.  As many of you will know, Hopgood’s Lancaster had been hit on the way to the target and despite some of the crew being wounded, including Hopgood, they elected to continue to the target area.  Being the second aircraft to attack, the defences were primed and ready and ED925 was hit repeatedly in the port wing and fuselage, catching fire just as the Upkeep was dropped. With the aircraft rapidly becoming uncontrollable, Hopgood managed to gain enough height to allow three of his crew to bale out, (two successfully), before the Lancaster exploded and crashed in pieces, taking the remaining crew members to their deaths. John Vere Hopgood was just 21 years old.

As with all my Dambuster paintings, this one has been researched with the highest attention to detail.  The moon’s position is based upon 1943 lunar records and of course the pilots’ various debriefs where they all reported the moon as being off the port beam.  The rear spotlight is in the correct position of the undergunner’s hatch and there’s even the manual fusing cable running from the cockpit to the starboard calliper arm which I don’t think has ever been depicted before.  The only ‘guesswork’ is in the amount of the false trees placed on the dam and in whether Hopgood’s port outer was feathered at the time.  As the aircraft struggled to gain height, I tend to feel that it could have been and regarding the ‘trees’, there were probably a few more there on the night, but I’ve kept the central area clear to better show the events unfolding.

Prints are now available, please click HERE for more details.

The original canvas is a large 48″ x 24″ (120cm x 60cm).   At the moment it is for sale so if you’re interested in purchasing this significant piece of Dambuster art then please contact me directly via the ‘contact us’ tab at the top of the page.

New Osprey Original Painting

Just completed the latest Osprey book cover art.  This one depicts a Nakajima B5N ‘Kate releasing its torpedo during an attack on United States Navy warships during the Pacific War.

This painting is the first ever for Osprey when the author has failed to provide adequate references for a particular combat or action.  As such, the painting is generic as possible, along with the description!  It is however based upon the attack on USS Hornet during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands 25-27 October 1942.

The original painting is now for sale, just click on the image for more details.

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JG53 Aces of 1940 Original Painting (NOW SOLD)

 

Just completed the latest Osprey book cover painting, this time for JG53 Aces of 1940. Around midday on 12th August 1940, Hptm Hans Karl Mayer of 1/JG53 bounced a section of Hurricanes from 145 Squadron just south of the Isle of Wight. In the ensuing combat all three Hurricanes were shot down, two by Mayer and one by his wingman Rühl. The RAF pilots, Wilhelm Pankratz, Josef Kwiecinski (both Polish) and John Harrison were all lost without trace in the Channel.
The original painting has just sold click on the image for more details.

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