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Henry Moore - Plane Crash in Sussex, Summer 1940


Wax crayon and watercolour, 1940


     Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum


Moore did not specialise in recording aircraft crashes and may have painted this incident because he witnessed it when on a visit to his former art teacher Alice Gostick, who had a house in High Salvington near Worthing in Sussex.

This was the crash location, a He111P wk. nr. 1582 code G1 + FR from 7/KG55 came down on Friday 16th August 1940. Uffz. Weber and Gefreiter Moorfeld were killed. Lt. Theobald, Uffz. Hornbostel and Gefr. Glaser were captured.



Above: the bullet-riddled He111 and (below) a rabbit casualty of the crash-landing




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