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Dayspring

This is the first Spitfire victory of WW2, during a raid on RN ships at the Forth Bridge. Dayspring is the name of the small Motor Fishing Vessel which rescued 3 members of the crew of the Ju 88 of 1/KG30 shot down by Pat Gifford of 602 City of Edinburgh Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force 16th Oct

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A great vignette Jim. Another in your fascinating collection of moments in history. Well done.

Cheers, Don
 

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Great composition for a complex aviation scene...boat position, wing angles, smoke trail to the bridge and flak, even the sea state balance the painting and make this work...excellent Jim
cheers
John
 

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Thank you both for your comments, I used to sail around this part of the Forth many years ago, so the geography should be about right.
Jim
 

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Great painting Jim, now what about the second Spitfire victory with the Pilot who became famous for another reason.
 

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As far as I know, 9 minutes later George Pinkerton shot one down off Crail.
Research for this painting was surprisingly difficult, with quit a lot of conflicting information, in fact I have just read that it was the port engine that was hit on this a/c . Side numbers on particular a/c are proving difficult to find as well.
Jim
 

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Hi Jim,
Just out of interest, George Pinkerton was my brother`s 'referee' for him joining the RN, and as a further bit of interest, my own referee (for also joining the RN) was Robert Findlay Boyd, a spitfire pilot with 602 Squadron, who was also one of two RAF pilots involved in spotting and the (delayed) reporting of the 'Channel Dash'. My father was good friends with both of those pilots and Findlay gave him his DFC as a keepsake. He did return it to the family upon Findlay`s death, however. As Captain of the MV Hebrides (1964), by request, my father carried out the scattering of Findlay`s ashes in Uig Bay, Isle of Skye, in 1975.
When I was 15, (by request from Findlay), I painted from a small Polaroid photograph an oil and a watercolour painting of his spitfire aircraft in flight. I now have them at home with me, and both signed 'My aircraft 1941, Findlay Boyd'. A small world!
 

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Excellent painting Jim and certainly brought back a memory to me. Whilst walking on Southport Pier in the early days of the war as a little lad, seeing a German plane come over quite low and not long after a Spitfire or Hurricane came haring after it. I don't know what the outcome was. That was in the days of Liverpool getting frequent bombings.
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Edgar.
 

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Thank you all for your input, it's amazing what a little painting can stir in people's memories.
Jim
 

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Sorry for late posts, been AWOL for a while. This is right up to your normal standard Jim. Don't the two genres of aviation and marine art (often regarded as separate) meld well together when you have someone with oodles of talent doing the blending?
 

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