After the 1.30pm attack on Biggin Hill, there was substantial cratering of the landing ground and a scatter of ‘giant molehills’, some with unexploded bombs (UXBs) inside left around. WAAF Sergeant Mortimer was awarded the Military Medal for her actions at this time.
She was one of the first out around the airfield marking out UXBs with red flags so that the returning aircraft of 32 and 610 Squadrons could land. She then bravely assisted Flight Sergeant Joe Hunt in defusing the deadly UXBs. The painting shows Mortimer and Hunt pausing as P/O. Boleslaw Wlasnowolski's Hurricane of 32 Squadron passes low ahead on landing, returning from the combat just raging above. Wlasnowolski was killed in combat with ME109s on 1st November 1940.
Oil on Canvas Board, Size c. 20”x16”. Price £723 (+p&p large)