Defiant painting underway

Suitably refreshed from our holiday, I’m now working on the third in the Dunkirk trilogy of paintings, depicting Boulton Paul Defiants of 264 Squadron.  The Defiant has always been regarded as outclassed in 1940 but it was more a victim of changing circumstances.  It was always designed as a bomber destroyer when the idea of enemy fighters roaming over England was inconceivable.  The invasion of France and the Low Countries changed all that and the Defiant rarely got the opportunity to fight in the way it was intended until it was deployed as a night fighter.   However, on 27 May 1940, 264 Squadron ran into 12 He111s over Dunkirk, and with no fighters around they set about the Heinkels using their carefully rehearsed tactics.   My painting will show this combat using the C/O Sqn Ldr Phillip Hunter’s aircraft as the main subject.   More details in the next few days…

Mark Postlethwaite