ART08007

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ID number ART08007
Title The incident for which Lieutenant F.H. McNamara was awarded the VC
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Artist Power, H Septimus
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1924
Medium oil on canvas
Measurement overall: 143 x 234.7 cm

Description

Lieutenant F H McNamara and Captain D W Rutherford were returning from an aerial bombing near Gaza, 1917 when Captain Rutherford was forced down. Although wounded and under heavy rifle fire from the Turkish Cavalry, Lieutenant McNamara landed to rescue Captain Rutherford. Upon attempting to take off with Rutherford, McNamara crashed his RE8 aircraft. However they then succeeded in starting Rutherford's machine and escaped from the enemy attack. For this exploit McNamara was awarded the Victoria Cross.