The Run In! by Spencer Trickett

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Original sketch idea for the painting.
Oil Painting on Canvas 100cm x 50cm
The largest land battle in the Asian theatre The Battle of the Imphal Plain occurred in March/April of 1944. The Japanese attacked from Burma directly toward Imphal. To the north, the small mountain village of Kohima was attacked by the Japanese 31st division, numbering 15 000 men. The village was defended by approximately 3000 men including the 4th battalion of the Royal West Kents. For
2 weeks battles raged in and around the residence of the British Deputy Commissioner. The defenders were hammered mercilessly. 34 squadron were moved to Dergaon, Assam to provide quicker ground support for the troops. The squadron flew bombing and strafing missions every day, sometimes twice a day, attacking the Japanese positions around Kohima throughout the two week battle. The village was nestled between two mountain ridges, which meant the pilots would have to run a gauntlet of small arms and light anti-aircraft fire while making their strafing and bombing runs. On the 18th of April, 1944
Jimmy was leading 6 of the squadrons Hurri-Bombers on a sortie to relieve the defenders of Kohima. As he entered the area of the Rifle range he and his wingman F/Sgt. Jack Morton ran into very heavy light arms fire: We were flying from Dergaon when Jimmy was killed. He led six Hurricanes on an attack on the Rifle Range and I was his No. 2. We bombed in Sections of two and
Jimmy and I were first in bombing with two 250lb. Bombs with 11 second delays fitted. I was slightly behind Jimmy and we dropped our bombs at about 50 feet and as we left the target area Jimmy’s plane did a barrel roll and crashed. It
was a very sad day on the Squadron because he was by far the most popular officer and pilot in both the Officers and Sergeants Mess. We carried out two more attacks that day and on both occasions we looked for his plane but there was nothing to be seen in the dense jungle. (As written in a letter by Jack Morton, April 2000)
For his actions with the Squadron Jimmy was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is buried, with the other defenders of Kohima, at the Kohima Commonwealth Military Cemetery.

The Hurricane seen here is in the markings of Whalens aeroplane from 34 Sqdn, this colour scheme will be worn by the BBMF’s Hurri next season – PZ865.

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  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 4 years ago

    Excellent painting Spencer, love the wear, showing bare metal, on the wing leading edges. Good research all adds to the artwork.
    You don’t have paint props do you! Just a hint does the trick.
    I’ll go and read about 34 Sqdn in 1944 now.
    Cheers Neil
    Oh! Into faves!

  • Thanks Neil, really appreciate yor comments, as always! You are quite right, just a hint of prop is all you need – just have to make sure it angles off in the correct direction from the spinner. Have to say, this is the largest painting ive ever done

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Allen Gray
    Allen Grayalmost 4 years ago

    Bloody top effort mate! This has to be by far some of your best work! Commission or just for the hell of it? Either way, what a great job!

  • Really kind of you to say mate! Pleased you like this one – it was just for fun – love the Hurricane. Still trying to get back into painting – still learning.

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 4 years ago

    Excellent painting Spencer. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted!

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Lorraine Parramore
    Lorraine Parra...almost 4 years ago

    great feeling of action Spence – good work

  • Thanks Lorraine, it was nice to do a painting that was just for fun – no pressure!

    – Spencer Trickett

  • John Schneider
    John Schneideralmost 4 years ago

    Stunning piece of work Spencer! – John

  • Thanks John, next painting will be a Spitfire – believe it or not, i havent done one before!

    – Spencer Trickett

  • stevealder
    stevealderalmost 4 years ago

    Hi Spencer. Really like the way you have blurred the background to give a real sense of motion to this scene. Thanks for the interesting and informative narrative. Cheers, Steve

  • Cheers Steve – i really did enjoy this one – Spitfire next!

    – Spencer Trickett

  • mike  jordan.
    mike jordan.almost 4 years ago

    Excellent piece of work Spencer ,into faves ….Mike

  • Glad you like it Mike – thanks for the fave too!

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Jack Froelich
    Jack Froelichalmost 4 years ago

    The word “Wow” comes to mind. Really nice work. You can feel the speed.

  • Thanks Jack – i did spend quite a bit of time on the composition, helps give the impression of speed.

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago

    Featured Work FEBRUARY 26th, 2011


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  • Thanks Mary – much appreciated.

    – Spencer Trickett

  • Kamila  Krizova/Aitchison
    Kamila Krizov...almost 4 years ago

    Brilliant Spencer ! Can’t believe how big the painting is, love the feeling of speed xx

  • Thanks Kam – i did spend a lot of time composing the scene to create a feeling of speed and movement, tilted background, opposite tilt on main subject and of course, blurred foreground. xx

    – Spencer Trickett

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