Strange moonlit ghosts
|Title||Strange moonlit ghosts|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England|
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Measurement||framed: 38.5 x 48.5 cm; unframed: 25.4 x 35.6 cm|
|On display||Main building: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 1 - Mediterranean|
After being shot down in August 1942 over the Gulf of Taranto, Italy, Flight Lieutenant Albert Henry Comber was taken prisoner, eventually an intern of Stalag Luft III. The camp was evacuated in January 1945, and the prisoners were marched out into a cold winter's night. In addition to packs of blankets, food and clothing, Comber also carried a bundle of his artwork. After two days of blizzard winds and sleeping in the snow, he finally discarded the artwork. Comber recalls, "It was a matter of survival - I dropped the paintings in the snow beside the road, relieved to be rid of some of the load, fearful that even so we'd never make it home alive." Comber was emancipated in July, returning to Australia later that year.