ID numberART23897
Collection typeArt
TitleAwaiting the return of a flight from an OP
Measurementframed: 54.3 x 59.4 cm; unframed: 38.6 x 43.2 cm
Object typePainting
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNorth Africa: Western Desert, Libya
Date made14 March 1942
Physical descriptionoil on canvas on hardboard
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionScene of members of the 450 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, standing and looking at they sky. Dargie noted, "Standing on a wrecked German plane, the Intelligence Officer of the Squadron scans the sky through his glasses. The Adjutant and some of the pilots not on duty, wait in a group nearby; behind them is the hospital gharry, close to the run-way in case it is needed. Meanwhile, another flight of planes from an R.A.F. [Royal Air Force] (No. 112) takes off from the drome. On this occasion, the planes from our Squadron had been acting as close escort to a flight of 12 Boston bombers, which had made a devastating daylight raid on Martuba aerodrome".