Crossing the coast, Skipper!


Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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As the dawn breaks and the bombers 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-friend’s different wars.
Acrylic on canvas board 18 × 24 inches. 2000
SOLD a PRINT 1st January 2013
SOLD a throw PILLOW 12 August 2014
SOLD a framed print 3 Oct 2014
Featured on “Home Page” 31 March 2010
This Work was placed in the Top-ten of the challenge ” All about air, land and water crafts” Self Taught Artists, 31 March 2010.
Featured in Painters Universe Group, May 7th 2010
Featured in ART AT ITS BEST 7 January 2011
Featured in Solo Exhibition 27 February 2014
Featured In Airplanes & Airports, 17 March 2014
Featured in Old Farts of RB, 30 April 2016
In Top10, 1Challenge1Theme:SOLD!, 31 Aug 2016
Featured in 1Challenge1Theme:SOLD! 15 Sept 2016

See my work in Painters Academics’ For the Love of Art,
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