Portrait of Flight Sergeant Conrad George Johnston, (412066), 466 Squadron

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Berkshire
Accession Number ART94856
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 53 x 42.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Allinson, G W
Allinson, G W
Allinson, G W
Place made United Kingdom: England, Berkshire
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Status to be assessed

Description

A portrait of Flight Sergeant Conrad George Johnston (412066). Johnston was shot down over Holland whilst piloting a Halifax bomber (HX312, call sign HD-K) on January 22nd 1944. He was based in Leconsfield with No. 466 Squadron at the time of his death, and is buried in a Commonwealth war grave in the small town of De Lutte, on the Dutch western border next to Germany. In 1943 he attended a number of courses at the RAF Greenham Common Base, which is close by to 'Crookham Common', as mentioned in the secondary inscription. The artist G.W. Allinson served in the First World War, and produced illustrations for Punch magazine. On June 26th 1917 he was granted the Honourable rank of 2nd Lieutenant when he relinquished his commission on account of ill-health. The portrait of Conrad George Johnston was sent to Johnston's mother along with a number of other personal items at the end of the Second World War.