ART24313

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ID number ART24313
Title Wing Commander (Dizzy) Crawford
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Hodgkinson, Roy
Place made Burma
Date made 1945
Medium charcoal on paper
Measurement Overall: 27.4 x 38.3 cm edge folded in places

Description

This sketch of Wing Commander Crawford, a Canadian and Commanding Officer of 194 Transport Squadron, Royal Air Force, was made shortly before he was killed when his aircraft crashed into a hill on Ramree Island in a blinding storm in June 1945. Two Australian air crew were also killed in the incident, along with one British member of the RAF. Crawford is seen in his tub of well water outside his tent, bathing as he shaves, his shaving mirror balanced on his bent knee.