9 Sqdn bombing Tirpitz  by Woodie

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New hi res image for greeting cards and prints.
Fred the tail gunner, a local man from South Shields, for whom I painted this, ask me to “Copy” Gerald Coulson painting of 617 Sqdn bombing the German battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian Fjord but correct/alter to show him in the 3rd Lancaster, WS-X of No 9 Sqdn, and on a different day. This 12000lbs. bomb is called a Tall Boy.
On that day, just as they arrived over target the cloud rolled over the Tirpitz and they had to aim on the gun flashes that they could see through the cloud.
Fred had already done this raid from Russia earlier.
Sold a print 12 Aug 2011
See my other painting of Fred and wife standing by a Lanc’s rear turret.
Acrylic on Daler board 18"x 24" 1996

Featured in “Art at its Best” 5 March 2010
Over 2,200 views wef 20 February 2014


617, 9 sqdn, lancaster, neil wooding, raf, tirpitz, woodie, ww2

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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  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 4 years ago

    Nicely done Woodie.

  • Thanks Walter,
    Did you notice they’d removed the mid-upper turret to save weight so they could carry more fuel to made the long journey. They used such things as mossie drop tanks in the plane to carry this extra fuel. No health and safety in those days!!
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAover 4 years ago

    superb painting. great feel of action.

  • Cheers Mate

    – Woodie

  • robmac
    robmacover 4 years ago

    Another great painting Neil

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Good one Neil. – Ted

  • Andy Mueller
    Andy Muellerover 4 years ago

    That really is fantastic Neil!

  • Thanks Andy,
    I’m reposting all my old paintings in a higher res for prints.
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 4 years ago

    Fantastic image Neil, I bet Fred was over the moon !!!

  • Fred was very pleased,
    He took it around with him when he gave talks on the raids.

    – Woodie

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760over 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Art At Its Best!

  • Thanks Colin for the honour of being featured.
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Jarmo Korhonen
    Jarmo Korhonenover 4 years ago

    this is brilliant

  • Thanks Luis,
    Love your nude artwork.
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    excellent work Woodie

  • Thanks for the fave Maggie
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

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