Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

 —British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill

 

 

Battle of Britain Sunday in Canada is on September 16th.  It is a day set aside to honour the courage of those who faced tremendous odds fighting the Luftwaffe.  It is a day to honour the memories of those who met their fate in the skies over England, and never returned … some 78 years ago now …

In 1980, to honour the 40thAnniversary of the Battle of Britain, Donald Kenneth Anderson, Official War Artist ( 1920-2009 ) created a portfolio entitled “RCAF The War Years WWII ~ Air Forces Reunion Commemorating 40thAnniversary Battle of Britain”.  The portfolio contains twelve full colour reproductions from the original paintings produced by the artist, based on notes and sketches he made during his war-time service.  The portfolio was dedicated “to the memory of those Air Force personnel who gave their lives for their country.”

Our Museum was fortunate to have a portfolio donated to our Collections.  Here are the twelve reproductions for you to appreciate, to reflect upon… with Anderson’s notes recorded below each …

 

“Dave Harling leader of No. 416 Squadron takes off with wide-open throttle – Jan. 1 1945, Evere, Belgium”

 

 

 

 

“After the Rain – ‘Tusker’ Squadron Ceylon”

 

 

“‘Off for Norway’ – Merlin-engined, Beaufighters of 404 Squadron, RCAF – Banff, Scotland”

 

 

 

“Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI 416 Squadron Evere, Belgium”

 

 

 

“VE day plus two – Halifax aircraft 6 RCAF group survey bomb-damage near Hamburg, Radar unit in foreground”

 

 

 

“‘Night Intruder’ – deHavilland Mosquito”

 

 

 

“B.90 Petit-Brogel, Belgium”

 

 

 

“Lancaster B Mk X of 431 Squadron, Croft, Yorkshire”

 

 

 

“A tail gunner doing maintenance on bomber’s rear guns”

 

 

 

“403 Squadron returns to Evere airfield Jan. 1 1945”

 

 

 

“Rear Gunner Halifax Mk 1”

 

 

 

“‘Alouette’ 425 Squadron RCAF”

 

 

A further piece of Anderson’s work is on part of our Aleutian Campaign Display.  The cover of “First Steps to Tokyo” is Anderson’s design:

FIRST STEPS TO TOKYO

 

If you’d like to know more about Anderson, Hugh Halliday has written a piece you might enjoy reading.

Lest We Forget…