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.


hurricane, nicholson, vc


  • Woodie
    Woodieover 5 years ago

    Excellent painting Spencer,
    Into favs!!!
    Similar story to P/O Richard Hillary (but he didn’t get a VC)
    Cheers Neil

  • stevealder
    stevealderover 5 years ago

    Hi Spencer, Great work. Interesting angle of this famous aircraft. Regards, Steve

  • cheers Steve – wanted to try something a little different

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Nice one Spencer and good description/history too. – Ted

  • Andy Mueller
    Andy Muellerover 5 years ago

    Wow, incredible write up along with this great piece of art.

  • Thanks Andy, this was the first aviation oil painting I did. My first proper commission however, was a P51 Mustang. I have included it on RB if your interested. Thanks again for your kind comments.

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Anil Nene
    Anil Neneover 5 years ago

    Is it a painting? What a great workmanship and technique! SO lively!!

  • Thanks for that, yes its a painting – oil on canvas.

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Heps
    Hepsalmost 5 years ago

    Peter choose this image!

  • Thank you – much appreciated!

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Olive Denyer
    Olive Denyerover 3 years ago

    Unusual angle, very well painted Spencer. – Olive

  • Thanks Olive- i think i used a photo of a sea Hurricane for my reference point, just happened to be a slightly unusual angle.

    – Spencer Trickett

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