Crossing the coast, Skipper!


Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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Acrylic on canvas board 18 × 24 inches 1942, WW2.
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As the dawn breaks and the bombers (in this case a Lancaster) leave the protective darkness of the night, "Crossing the Coast” is one of the most welcome intercom messages that returning bomber crews can hear after hours flying over enemy territory.
“Crossing the Coast” was inspired by a previous commission I’d painted called “Skipper, we are on fire!” These most feared words were quoted to me by John ‘Jock’ Morrison.
An ex-Sergeant wireless operator, he now lives in County Durham and returned to Norway in 2000, to collect his flying helmet from the grandchildren of the family who had looked after him and his fellow crewmen, when they crashed their Halifax bomber in Norway after depth charging the Tirpitz in April 1942. You may have read about his Norwegian visit in the newspapers.
“Crossing the Coast Skipper” has been used to illustrate the front cover of Tony Eaton’s book “Two Friends, Two Different Hells.” The story of two school friends in different wars.

Featured on “Home Page” 31 March 2010
In TopTen "All about air, land and watercrafts” Self Taught Artists. 31 March 2010
Featured in “Art at it’s Best” June 2012
Featured in Painted Nature & Object 30 Aug 2012
Featured in the BEST of RB, 2nd September 2012
Featured in the group 1 Theme – 4 Challenges 15 Oct 2012
Tied with 7 votes THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL… December 2012 (Transport) challenge
Tied in 2nd place with 19 votes, Airplanes & Airports, “Your best work” 26 Dec 2014
Featured in YOUR PICTURES EXPOSED! 24 Aug 2018
Featured in Preserving History 26 Aug 2018
SOLD a Greetings Card Today, 31 December 2013
SOLD a Greetings Card today, 5 May 2015

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