The painting shows the Hurricane of F/Lt. Harry Raymond Hamilton, a Canadian pilot of 85 Squadron, and the other 2 Hurricanes of his Section attacking the Heinkel 111s of 3rd Gruppe KG73 during the late afternoon conflict, somewhere near Shoeburyness on the Thames Estuary. The German force aborted their attack due to the cloud cover and came under attack from 4 RAF Squadrons as they withdrew. The resistance from the escorting ME110s was fierce, most of 85 Squadron's aircraft were embroiled in combat with the escorts. A ‘Schwarm’ of 4 escorting ME110s can be seen curving in to counter attack the Hurricanes in the painting.
Hamilton's attack on the bomber was successful, and the Heinkel, piloted by Unteroffizier Willhelm Grasser, ditched in the channel. All four crew members survived and were picked up from their dinghy the following day and became PoWs. Hamilton was killed in action in combat with Me109s a week and a half later on the 29th August.
Oil on Canvas Board, Size c. 20"x16". Price £723 (+p&p large)