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Paul Nash - Bomber in the Corn


Watercolour, painted 1940

                            Image courtesy Tate Gallery

The closest real-life event to that depicted in the painting occured on Saturday 24th August 1940 – He111H-3 A1 + KT of 9/KG53 came down at Clay Tye Hill, Bulphan, Essex after attacking Hornchurch, it was hit by AA and attacked by two Hurricanes from 615 Squadron. It later exploded after the crew - Lt. W Luttigen, Uffz. O Lackner, Fw. A Fraas, Uffz. K Platzer and Uffz. H Hermans - had got out and been taken PoW.

There appears to be no standing crop in the Essex field so again this could be an amalgam of more than one crash scene.


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