A daylight raid

Place Europe: Germany
Accession Number ART22193
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 85 x 99 cm; unframed: 60.9 x 76.2 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Air Europe
Maker Adams, Dennis
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Australian Halifax aircraft on a daylight raid over Germany. This is the view obtained from a position immediately alongside the pilot and shown two of the powerful Bristol Hercules motors of a Halifax Mark III. Daylight operations by the Royal Air Force heavies were rather unusual as a course, the whole force was principally used for night bombing. Unlike the United States Army Air Force heavies, the British bombers seldom attempted to fly in rigid formation but rather in a "stream". The painting shows a stricken Halifax going down in flames, while the others continue through the "black stuff", as our men often call the 88mm German flak. The bombers are seen to be flying above a cloud, but Radar-predicted "ack ack" is bursting amongst them.