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Color pencil on 14×17 Strathmore drawing medium 80lb. paper sprayed with lacquer.

Major Helmut Wick streaks by a burning RAF Boulton-Paul Defiant airplane near the coast of England during one of many missions which would be known as the Battle of Britain.

Major Wick scored his 56th victory, a Spitfire. In turn, his aircraft was shot down by British ace Flight Lieutenant John Dundas (13.333 confirmed, 2 probable and 4.5 damaged victories) of 609 Squadron, RAF. Wick was seen to bale out of Bf 109 E-4 (W.Nr. 5344) “Black < – + -“ over the Channel, his “Geschwaderstab Schwarm” mate Hauptmann “Rudi” Pflanz (52 victories, RK, killed in action 31 July 1942) circled the area calling over the radio that a “Spitfire was down” hoping to attract the British air/sea rescue. Pflanz continued to circle until his fuel was almost empty, crash-landing at landfall on his return over the Channel but Wick was never found

Comments

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Good painting Trenton. Not many featuring the Defiant. A friend’s Father was killed as rear gunner in a Defiant. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted – Sorry to hear about your friends father. Make sure to tell him how much some Yank in Utah appreciate’s his fathers sacrafice for a true and noble cause, give him a big thanks from me! Trenton

    – Trenton Hill

  • Paul Lindenberg
    Paul Lindenbergover 5 years ago

    Good Art! Nice one Trenton.

  • Thanks Paul!! I loved your online mag! That is a lot work, and I thought I was a nut about airplanes! Great JOB!
    Trenton

    – Trenton Hill

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 5 years ago

    Another excellent piece Treaton,
    The Defient was withdrawn from the front line during the Battle of Britain. (WW2,1940)
    Cheers Neil

  • Thanks Neil (Woodie)! For years I thought the defiant was a hurricane that had been modified with a rear gun. When I found out different, I felt I had to do something with it. Looking into the planes history I found out it was part of the B.O.B. and has Ted can attest to; good men gave their life while flying it into battle. Thanks again for your gracious comments, all of you guys.

    – Trenton Hill

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 5 years ago

    Thanks for reply Trenton,
    My mother’s cousin’s wife first husband, (all from the same mining village), was killed in action, early in the war as an air gunner in a Defiant.
    Cheers Neil

  • I think I may have brought back some painful memories with this piece. I can delete it out of respect for you all if you wish.

    Trenton

    – Trenton Hill

  • Hagen
    Hagenover 5 years ago

    Nice work

  • Thanks I aprreciate that!!

    – Trenton Hill

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 5 years ago

    Don’t you dare delete this Trenton,
    Leave it up for all to see the sacrifice made by others so they can live in a free world!!
    Cheers Neil

  • Okay.
    “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” -Sir Winston Churchill -

    – Trenton Hill

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 5 years ago

    Thanks for this great quote!!!
    neil

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    Ah, no! The bad guys are winning! But our RAF lads saw them off i the battle of Britain.
    This is an outstanding pencil drawing – straight to my faves.
    Love the detail and realism you’ve got here, Trenton. And with just pencils. Brilliant.

  • Thank you Colin! And many thanks to those RAF lads!! Britian stopped the German invasion, but had to put up with us yanks! Maybe we were the better option. : )

    – Trenton Hill

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 5 years ago

    Excelent drawing, very well done.

  • Thanks Walter

    – Trenton Hill

  • wiz66
    wiz66over 5 years ago

    Great work Trenton

  • Thanks Shane! I am not to computer friendly, so I have to do things old school. I sure like what you guys are able to create in the digital world, and from what I see you got what takes! Thanks for the comment and taking the time to look.

    – Trenton Hill

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