Do you know your dinghy drill?

Place Europe: United Kingdom
Accession Number ARTV10270
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 34.6 x 24.6 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description lithograph on paper
Maker R T P
Ministry of Aircraft Production
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This Second World War poster (Air diagram 2802) was issued by the Ministry of Aircraft Production in May 1943. It features a cartoon of an airman practicing his dinghy drill by jumping into a small wooden tub filled with water. The slogan " Do you know your dinghy drill ? " printed in light blue ink in a cursive script is positioned beneath the image in the lower centre. Both the image and text are set against a white background within a narrow light blue border.

Air Diagrams were produced for use in training of air and ground crews. In a similar way to the health and safety posters issued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents humour was often employed as an effective visual communication strategy to convey important issues in memorable way. Many graphic artists were employed by the Air Ministry and Ministry of Aircraft Production during the Second World War, but the majority of them remain anonymous (as in this case).