ID number ART22045
Title Flood on the aerodrome, Gambut
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Dargie, William (Artist)
Place made North Africa: Western Desert, Libya, Cyrenaica, Bardia Area, Gambut
Date made 4 March 1942
Medium pen, ink and wash on paper
Measurement Overall: 17.6 x 25.3 cm

Description

Pen and ink sketch of unidentified members of No.3 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force struggling with their at their base at Gambut Airfield, Libya. There is a Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk in background. Dargie later recorded:
"Very few would expect to be flooded out in the desert, yet this was the experience of 3 Sqdn...The planes were grounded for days. This sketch was hurriedly made whilst the artists' tent-mates were blasphemously & energetically attempting to keep the tent pegs in the sodden ground during the gale which blew with the rain".