ID numberART26196
Collection typeArt
TitlePilots discussing an operation on their return
MeasurementOverall: 17.8 x 25.4 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNorth Africa: Western Desert, Libya
Date made23 March 1942
Physical descriptionpen, ink and watercolour on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionFive pilots stand in a group discussing the operation they have just returned from. The artist later wrote about about the work: "An exciting babble of voices exchanging new and views - it usually takes the Intelligence Officer a quarter of an hour to get them 'back to earth", and get their individual stories. Nothing shows the gulf that exists between air crew and ground staff more than these moments immediately following the return of an operational flight, when the pilots have eyes and ears only for each other".