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Dambuster Avro Lancaster
Oil on canvas 97cm x 60 cm
Charles McHugh
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WIP on Flt Lt Maltbys Lancaster attacking the Möhne Dam.  The fourth attacking aircraft (Flt Lt Young) had breeched the dam but that was unknown to Maltby until he was on his attack run.  Maltby kicked the rudder left to send his own bomb towards an area where the dam wall remained to stop the forward momentum of the weapon. This meant that bomb and aircraft tracks were slightly different.  I have assumed that Maltby would have resumed balanced flight after release, which is perfectly logical.  The flames are from a power station destroyed when the No2 attacking aircraft released his bomb late causing it to leap-frog the dam wall and instead destroy a hydro electric power station.  The red flare was as ordered pre flight when the aircraft crossed the dam having released a weapon - an indication for the benefit of the several aircraft flying in the local area, including Flt Lt Shannon who was about to commence a sixth attack which was not required.

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The canvas is a golden ratio canvas, and the rule of thirds has been obeyed.  The lack of explosive flak is missing for a very good reason - there wasnt any!   Despite the appearance of many paintings of this subject matter.  ..... and by the time this attack took place; 5 of 6 AAA guns were unserviceable due to jams, overheating, and blast action from previous weapons, which ironically had missed their target. Notably Gibsons (1st attack) and also the third attack. 

http://www.aeroartist.com/dambuster.htm

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‘Dambusters’ Avro Lancaster oil painting.
Today marks an important milestone as the second layer in this painting is complete. Some detail work on the aircraft is yet to be finished, and then an overall glazing phase before final completion. I could summarise the remaining work as simply improving all to the best of my ability. There is a lot going on in the painting and each element has a story, but apart from some falling masonry to come, the scene is set.

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Two layers of glaze added, which made the skyscape a deeper tone and the light colours a more orange hue from the fire.  I am hoping to conclude this painting in the next few days.

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