Painting Complete!

Here is the completed painting, now framed and hanging on my wall. I reckon it looks pretty damn fine:

painting-007 copy

Avro Lancaster LM475 PO-B for Baker, of 467 Sqn RAAF, sits on its dispersal at RAF Waddington on 11 April 1944. Its crew has just arrived for a bombing raid on the German city of Aachen.

This painting serves as a tribute to the crew of this aircraft:

S/L DPS Smith

W/O RW Purcell

Sgt KH Tabor

Sgt J Parker

F/Sgt AD Johnston

Sgt ER Hill

F/Sgt GF Pate

These men were shot down in this aircraft on an operation to Lille, France, on 10 May 1944. Only the pilot, Phil Smith, survived.

The painting, by Steve Leadenham, was specially commissioned by Adam Purcell, the great nephew of the navigator.

Steve advises that prints of this painting will be available in the future – details on how to get one will be posted here in due course.

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3 Responses to “Painting Complete!”


  1. 1 Therese Findlay January 7, 2011 at 22:08

    Hi Adam

    Great to hear from you.
    The painting looks great and what a wonderful tribute…congratulations and thank you for a wonderful memorial!

    Therese

  2. 2 David Ashton July 28, 2013 at 10:40

    Fine painting, DPS Smith was my uncle. Molly Smith is still alive and living in a nursing home. Could we obtain two prints?


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