Flak busters

Place Europe: Norway
Accession Number ART22194
Collection type Art
Measurement Framed: 100 cm x 84.7 cm x 7.3 cm; Unframed: 76 cm x 61.6 cm x 2.2 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
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


Depicting an attack on a German "M" class minesweeper off the south coast on Norway by Australian rocket projectile Beaufighters based in Norfolk, England. They co-operated on many shipping strikes with a New Zealand Beaufighter Torpedo Squadron (489 Squadron RNZAF). In those attacks the Australian aircraft came in and fired both rocket projectiles and 20mm cannons. The ship, "saturated" by this fire would then be attacked by the torpedo Beaufighters. This painting shows the rocky barren coast of Norway and the enemy ships almost smothered by spray from rocket projectiles and cannon shells. A Beaufighter aircraft fitted with rocket projectors and 20 mm cannons is attacking a German "M" class minesweeper.