3,800 views wef 8 April 2015
Pilot Officer Richard Hillary RAFVR was a member of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqdn and the painting is of him being shot down in a Spitfire MkI, ser.no.X4277, code XT-M, by Hauptmann Eric Bode flying a Messerschmitt Bf109E of the German Luftwaffe on the 3rd September 1940 during the Battle of Britain.
ACRYLIC on Canvas Board, 16″ × 20″, matt varnish. 2007
The fuel tank of Hillary’s aircraft was hit by cannon fire and almost immediately engulfed the cockpit in flames. Hillary had difficulty in sliding back his canopy and quickly lost consciousness due to the pain of his burns. The next thing he was aware of was descending over the sea beneath his parachute. This action took place between 20,000 and 25,000ft over the Thames Estuary, north of Margate. Pilot Officer Hillary was rescued by the Margate lifeboat just after 10am and taken to Margate Hospital suffering serious burns to his face, hands and legs. He was later treated by the renowned plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe.
P/O Hillary died, aged 23, along with his navigator-radio operator, Wilfrid Fison in a flying accident on the 8th January 1943, whilst on a night training flight from RAF Charter Hall, Berwickshire, Scotland. His B of B score was 5 enemy a/c, 2 probables and 1 shared.
603 were the top scoring Sqdn during the B of B.
The owner of this painting has just got it signed by Jimmy CORBIN, a B of B pilot I assume.
Over 950 views wef 8 January 2014
SOLD a Greetings Card 30 July 2013