1955 The Leather Jerkins  by Woodie

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10 year after WW2 I was a 18 year old SAC (Senior Aircraft-man) servicing the RAF’s Lincoln bombers (a mk 4 Lancaster?).
The only cold weather clothing we had was left over WW1 & 2 leather jerkins. The writing on the front says RADAR, and I had Donald Duck with a tail end like the radome you can see underneath, painted on the back.The green overalls were called Denims.
I’m the skinny one 2nd from the left.
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My main interest is painting Aviation Art.
I get a lot of enjoyment researching the historical background behind the picture I’ve been commissioned to paint.
I work in acrylic on my big paintings on canvas board but use water colors, pastels, soft and oil, for smaller pieces.
I also enjoy doing pet portraits in soft pastels on tinted paper, from photographs. Ideal presents for Xmas and birthdays.

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  • Gabby87
    Gabby87over 5 years ago

    Nice shot and very cool looking too!!!!

  • Hi Gabby
    The other 4 guys had been called up to do National Service for 2 years. I was the only regular airman!!
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 5 years ago

    great shot I really like the guy with the glasses and the macho pose :-)

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • He was a right geek!! being Radar mech!!LOL

    – Woodie

  • Andy Mueller
    Andy Muellerover 5 years ago

    What a great shot Neil! Quite the handsome fella in this shot!

  • Thanks Andy!

    – Woodie

  • robmac
    robmacover 5 years ago

    Great shot Neil great memories

  • Thoses were the days and not a trouble in the world.
    Worked some Saturday mornings but Wednesday was sports afternoon.

    – Woodie

  • Joseph Rieg
    Joseph Riegover 5 years ago

    Nice shot, Neil….this is a super ‘keeper’ shot.

  • I’m not so young now!!!

    – Woodie

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 5 years ago

    looks fabulous , must have been a wonderful occupation,did you have to go up to do a test after servicing them?

  • Hi Ginny
    We did get to go on “jollies” as the were called mostly to Gemany but the best was to Gibraltar!!
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 5 years ago

    Great old photo and memories I bet Neil.

  • Only memorries now I’m afraid!!

    – Woodie

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Nice shot Neil and good memories too. – Ted

  • Yes good memories like clearing runways of snow or de-icing lincolns bombers.
    cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloover 5 years ago

    What a great shot and record of your service :-)

  • Oh to be 18 years old again.!!!LOL
    Cheers neil

    – Woodie

  • frogster
    frogsterover 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this

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