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ID number ART22228
Title Sergeant Pilot - DFM Winner
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Dargie, William (Artist)
Place made North Africa: Western Desert, Libya
Date made 23-24 March 1942
Medium oil on canvas on hardboard
Measurement Overall: 75.4 x 56 cm


This 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."