Bomber crew

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Stella Bowen

Bomber crew

oil on canvas

86.1 x 63.3cm


Given the task of painting a typical Lancaster bomber crew, Bowen travelled to RAF Station Binbrook in Lincolnshire, where No. 460 Squadron RAAF was based. The men seemed preoccupied with their coming operation and showed little interest in her drawings. Next day they were reported missing and presumed killed: only one survived. Bowen completed the group portrait from sketches and official photographs: “It was horrible having to paint the picture after the men were lost. Like painting ghosts.”