Nicky (Flying Officer Andrew William Barr)
ID numberART27514
Collection typeArt
TitleNicky (Flying Officer Andrew William Barr)
Measurementframed: 100.8 x 80.3 cm; unframed: 76.8 x 56.5 cm
Object typePainting
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNorth Africa: Western Desert, Libya, Cyrenaica, Bardia Area, Gambut
Date made2 March 1942
Physical descriptionoil on canvas
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionFlying Officer Andrew William "Nicky" Barr, DFC (later OBE, Bar to DFC, MC), Royal Australian Air Force, service number 035392 (250774). Painted on his return from an operational flight. The sun was so bright that the sitter had to keep his eyes closed whilst the picture was in progress. Nicky was a comparative newcomer to the Squadron, and had achieved remarkable success in his few flying hours. On one occasion he was aided by the Senussi; managed to make his way back to base on foot, through the enemy lines, Gambut, Libya, 1942.