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630 Sqdn Aircrew Return by Woodie

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630 Sqdn Aircrew Return by 

50 years later 1995.
Commission by Lily, wife of rear gunner, the F/S on the left, after their 31th op/sortie (that’s end of tour) from RAF East Kirkby (where the other Lancaster, “Just Jane” is on display).
He suffered burn later and was treated by Archibald McIndoe and belonged to the Guinea Pig Club
Acrylic on board 20″ × 18″ 1995
13/3/08 Chosen by War Group as week’s image.
Featured in 2,3,4 Club 19 Dec 2011
Featured in Armed Forces Living History 9 May 2012
Featured in Painters Academics 28 March 2014
Over 1,260 views wef 25 March 2014

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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  • ndicki
    ndickialmost 5 years ago

    Nice – lots of little details… Reminds me of the famous photo of a Stirling crew coming back off an op. Is Lily the Waffy in the other painting?

  • Hi Nigel
    I did use a photo ref to get the perspective right but a lot of research went into getting the flying gear correct. ie, the flight engineers had different flying boots to the rest as the were kitted out at a different training school to pilots for instance.
    This was painted for Lily the Waafy in the other painting. I did 2, one for her and a smaller one for her grandson in the Navy.

    – Woodie

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muelleralmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Neil!

  • Thanks Andy.
    I’ll some have enough of these hi res images to make a calendar.

    – Woodie

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 5 years ago

    Another excellently detailed painting Neil. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted,
    I did a lot of research for this.

    – Woodie

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent work once again Neil.

  • Thanks for favouring Steve.
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAalmost 5 years ago

    excellent painting – and they returned home!

  • Lily’s husband, suffered burn later and was treated by Archibald McIndoe and belonged to the Guinea Pig Club.
    Thanks Neil

    – Woodie

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

    Excellent work Neil.

  • Thanks Richard,
    Merry Xmas Neil

    – Woodie

  • PhotogeniquE IPA
    PhotogeniquE IPAalmost 5 years ago

    interestingly, my mother, a nurse, told me that she had worked for McIndoe during WW2. She didn’t speak much of it and I was too young to pursue it, but I’ve often wondered if there were records around of the nursing team.

    You can always try the above site.
    Thanks Neil

    – Woodie

  • robmac
    robmacalmost 5 years ago

    Another classic Neil beautiful work and a fav to

  • Thanks for favour Rob mate
    Cheers and Merry Xmas Neil

    – Woodie

  • Bob Martin
    Bob Martinalmost 5 years ago

    Neil……all your works are great, but this tops them all!

  • Thankyou very much Bob,
    I’m so pleased you like this one!
    Merry Xmas Neil

    – Woodie

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinalmost 5 years ago

    I like all the detail in this one Neil, very well done my friend.

  • Thanks Walt,
    I try to make them personal to the person I’m painting for.
    Merry Xmas Neil

    – Woodie

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