Sergeant Pilot - DFM Winner
ID numberART22228
Collection typeArt
TitleSergeant Pilot - DFM Winner
MeasurementOverall: 75.4 x 56 cm
Object typePainting
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNorth Africa: Western Desert, Libya
Date made23-24 March 1942
Physical descriptionoil on canvas on hardboard
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionThis portrait has been identified as Walter Hamilton Arthur Mailey (service no. 402375) who served with the 3rd Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War. Dargie met Mailey when he was covering the North African campaigns. Mailey was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal in 1942 for "sound leadership fighter pilot and destroying aircraft". In correspondence to Treloar, Dargie captioned the portrait "Son of a famous Australian sportsman, this pilot saw action in both the Syrian & Libyan campagins."