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Pretty in Pink

Operation 'Market Garden' was one of the most ambitious and daring missions during World War 2. Despite this, it would be a failure, costing the allies lives, equipment and the opportunity to cross the Rhine before Christmas.

 

One of the oddities flying across the battlefields at this time were Photo Reconnaissance Spitfires of no.16 Squadron. Painted in all over pink, they were to fly low level during sunrise and sunset, the theory being the pink colour scheme would help blend them into their surroundings better.

 

'Pretty Pink' depicts one such example flying low over the deserted allied landing grounds as it makes it's way to conduct a photo recon mission over the front line.

oil on canvas, 60cm x 25cm.

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