ID numberART22045
Collection typeArt
TitleFlood on the aerodrome, Gambut
MeasurementOverall: 17.6 x 25.3 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNorth Africa: Western Desert, Libya, Cyrenaica, Bardia Area, Gambut
Date made4 March 1942
Physical descriptionpen, ink and wash on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionPen 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".