Oil on Canvas board.
The Hurricane seen here is in the markings of James Nicholson. Engaged in a fierce dogfight, Nicholson was attacked by a Messerschmitt. Cannon shells riddled his plane injuring his eye and foot. The engine and gravity tank were ablaze. Petrol poured out of the tank and seeped into the cockpit. By now Nicholson was badly burnt. He managed to open the canopy of his aircraft and was just about to bail out when he saw, infront of him, the messerschmitt. He quickly slid back into the cockpit ,upto his waist in flames and his eye worsening he engaged the enemy a/c. Once in range he opened fire, the messerschmitt reeled away – mortally hit and crashed into the ground. Once again, Nicholson managed to raise himself out of the inferno and escape, pulling his parachute rip cord. He passed out shortly after . With burns to his hands, face, neck and legs he was taken to hospital where he made a slow recovery. He was the only fighter pilot to be awrded the VC.