Sergeant Pilot - DFM Winner

Accession Number ART22228
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 75.4 x 56 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas on hardboard
Maker Dargie, William
Place made North Africa: Libya
Date made 23-24 March 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This portrait has been identified as Walter Hamilton Arthur Mailey (service no. 402375) who served with the 3rd Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War. Dargie met Mailey when he was covering the North African campaigns. Mailey was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal in 1942 for "sound leadership fighter pilot and destroying aircraft". In correspondence to Treloar, Dargie captioned the portrait "Son of a famous Australian sportsman, this pilot saw action in both the Syrian & Libyan campagins."