617Sqdn Dam Raid, "P" for Popsy by Woodie

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617Sqdn Dam Raid, "P" for Popsy by 

Wing Commander Guy Gibson, CO of 617 sqdn, returns after he dropped his bouncing bomb to distract the flak from P for Popsy during its run.
“P” for Popsy was flown by F/L “Mick” Martin on this raid, of which 5 were Australians. May 1943.
This was painted in 1982 when there was not much info and photos for ref.
This idea from a Robert Taylor print about 2″ × 3″ big.
Dec 2009, Richard Todd, who played Gibson in the film, Dambusters, died.
NEW image thanks to Richard Veal uprating the resolution and sharpness
Acrylic on canvas board 16" x20"

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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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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 5 years ago

    this is lovely Neil, and a great man he was too, he will be sadly missed.x

  • thanks Catherine.

    – Woodie

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 5 years ago

    Awesome work Neil.

  • Thanks Richard,
    Just a pity this photo is so small.
    Cheers neil

    – Woodie

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 5 years ago

    Have you tried upping the resolution on it?

  • Hi Richard,
    I wouldn’t know how to up the res. Any tips?
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAover 5 years ago

    excellent painting. shame to hear Richard Todd had died. He played Gibson so well in the film.

  • Richard Todd was a war hero in his own right!!
    Cheers neil

    – Woodie

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 5 years ago

    This is great Neil. I seen the movie. The history chanel had a show on this also.

  • Hi Walter,
    Richard V, see above, has just uprated the resolution so I can have bigger images
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 5 years ago

    Excellent work Neil !!!

  • Thanks George!

    – Woodie

  • Tom Godfrey
    Tom Godfreyover 5 years ago

    Well done Woodie -love this

  • Hi Tom,
    Thanks for favouring,
    Cheers neil

    – Woodie

  • robmac
    robmacover 5 years ago

    Nice one Niel and what a classic film to. Sad to see Richard Todd gone

  • Cheers Rob!

    – Woodie

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Nice IMmage Neil, and good tribute to Richard Todd. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted,
    I don’t know why I hadn’t put this up earlier as it’s one of my first a/c paintings.
    Cheers neil

    – Woodie

  • Santamaria
    Santamariaover 5 years ago

    another great painting Woodie..

  • Thanks
    Regards Neil

    – Woodie

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