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Gary Eason
Essex, UK
Journalist, photographer and digital artist.
Interests: aviation, landscape photography,
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W5005 completed 44 successful ‘op’s with 460 Squadron. It was transferred to 550 Squadron, where it kept its nose art, becoming ‘BQ-N’. It flew a further 50 ops with 550 Sqn and was ditched in the Humber Estuary returning to Killingholme from its 94th operation, in August 1944.
Hi Roger - As explained in my article, we (and especially Clive) did a lot of research on this. The 460 Squadron records show that JB607 was shot down (over Kerkrade, Holland) on 29 December 1943 on only its ninth operation. So it could not have displayed the 30 operations shown in the artwork's bomb tally. The confusion seems to have arisen because a photo of the Stan Ireland crew who were flying JB607 when it was lost shows them standing under the Lancaster with this nose art – so some people have assumed this was ‘their’ aircraft - and therefore that the nose art was on JB607. In fact they never actually flew W5005 - they probably just had their photo taken with some nice nose art.
It is always a bit of a strange feeling when pictures that you finished some months previously under embargo are finally published. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Aerial Combat
"I was the pilot of the Lancaster in your picture." Some e-mails are more interesting to receive than others. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Aerial Combat
Hi Dave If you mean this picture of mine - no, I just stumbled across Greg's book while doing some research. Prints available here: Cheers - GE
Depicting three old aircraft that are gleamingly cared for presented a new Flight Artworks challenge. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Aerial Combat
Thanks, Laurie. I have just been admiring some of your work: I grew up in Saltburn so you're ticking a few boxes there!
Insights into radar-driven airborne interception in WWII and the use of cluster bombs against a British port. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at Aerial Combat
A big 'thank you' to all my latest Flight Artworks customers, and information on commissions. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Aerial Combat
Twelve 460 Squadron commemorative coins were flown on the BBMF's Lancaster, PA474, to mark its new port side livery as AR-L for Leader. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Aerial Combat
The whirling, 13ft diameter propellers on a Lancaster bomber in flight make an awesome power saw if applied to another Lanc . . . Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Aerial Combat
There was one aircraft performing at Duxford that I could have watched all day . . . Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Aerial Combat
It's a slow business, creating a Swift picture. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Aerial Combat
Seen here in a happier moment, all three crew were lost when the Battle's engine faltered on take-off. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Aerial Combat
If you are thinking a drone would have made easy work of this job, there are two problems with that. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Random Seens
I won't tell anyone if you don't.
I never cease to be amazed by the youth of most of those involved in the air combat of WW2. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Aerial Combat
Researching the background to BBMF Lancaster PA474's new identity as W5005, AR-L of 460 Squadron (RAAF). Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Aerial Combat
Three more recent commissions of mine have now been published in full colour and are available as prints. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Aerial Combat
On a moonlit night in July 1944, an RAF Westland Lysander comes in low over a field of lavender to land on a makeshift grass airstrip... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Aerial Combat
My latest picture features a dusty, desert-coloured Spitfire IXc - and a yellow herring. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Aerial Combat
The new paint scheme for the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire TE311 features a Polish boxing bulldog nose art: one of several similar emblems. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Aerial Combat
The story was not one I knew about when I started making the picture, which is the opposite of how things normally go. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at Aerial Combat
My depiction of P-51 ace Bud Anderson's high altitude roller coaster dogfight victory. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Aerial Combat
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster, PA474, will have not one but two new paint schemes following its winter service. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Aerial Combat