Flood on the aerodrome, Gambut
|Title||Flood on the aerodrome, Gambut|
|Measurement||Overall: 17.6 x 25.3 cm|
|Place made||North Africa: Western Desert, Libya, Cyrenaica, Bardia Area, Gambut|
|Date made||4 March 1942|
|Physical description||pen, ink and wash on paper|
|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".