This Spitfire P7539 was my first recovery, crashed 27th October 1940. As a child, the story of this Spitfire and the loss of it's pilot were told to me by my dad, which stayed with me for all of my life, so you can see what prompted me to paint this picture. The painting shows the last moments of Johnny's last patrol, with Spitfire P7539 spiriling down out of control towards Hildenborough and his commanding officer P.O. H. R. Allen followed him down, shouting down the RT "pull out Johnnie, for Christ’s sake pull out". Sadly Johnny never pulled out and he crashed in the rear garden of the Half Moon public house in Hildenborough, Kent.
Pilot Officer John Romney Mather
66 Squadron, Gravesend
Paper weight: 350 gsm
Paper finish: silk
A4: 210mm x 297mm
A3: 297mm x 420mm
A2: 420mm x 597mm
All sizes are approx and may vary slightly.
High quality digital reproduction of original oil painting