Spitfire of the 'Grey Nurse' squadron, Labuan

Unit No. 457 Squadron
Accession Number ART23346
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 31.4 x 40.8 cm [irregular]; image: 31.4 x 40.8 cm [irregular]
Object type Drawing
Physical description pen and ink, brush and coloured wash and pencil on paper
Maker Friend, Donald
Place made Malaysia: Labuan, Malaysia: Labuan
Date made 24 July 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Air crew of the No 457 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force at work on a Supermarine Spitfire VIII. Nicknamed the 'Grey Nurse' Squadron, the nose of this Spitfire has been painted as the face of a shark, with menacing eyes and a gaping jaws lined with huge sharp teeth.