New Print

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Early last year I was commissioned by the son of the legendary Canadian philanthropist and MP Garfield Weston to paint the first of the many aircraft that his father bought for the RAF during WWII. ‘Garfield Weston S1’ P8074 saw action with 222 Sqn before crashing into an Irish bog whilst with 133 Sqn. The remains were recovered in 2011 during filming for the ‘Dig 1940’ TV programme.

We now have permission from the Weston family to offer this painting as a limited edition print, the full story being printed in the border below the image. Click on the image above for more details.

New Painting

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Just back from a lovely long Christmas break in Poland.  Whilst I was there I completed this small painting for next month’s issue of Britain at War.  It will accompany an article we have written that details the loss of Group Captain Percy Pickard during The Amiens Raid.    The ficticious official story that was circulated by British Intelligence at the time is still being repeated to this day, (even in this month’s Flypast magazine!), so we thought we’d try to put the record straight once and for all.     It’s acrylic on board, 22″ x 15″.  The original is for sale and, being specifically for magazine usage, the background is reasonably simple so the price will be negotiable from around £1500.  Here’s the caption;

‘Pickard’s Last Moments’

Group Captain Percy Pickard DSO** DFC tries unsucessfully to shake off the FW190 of 7/JG26 flown by Fw Wilhelm Mayer north-east of Amiens on 18th February 1944.  Moments later, Mayer’s cannon shells blew off the Mosquito’s entire tail section causing the aircraft to crash just north of Saint Gratien at 12.05hrs.  In the background the Second Wave of Mosquitos are about to bomb the Amiens prison, totally unaware that Pickard who was flying at the rear of the Second Wave had been shot down.