Dudley Burnside (1912-2005)
‘Hot Air Balloon Rising’
Oil on canvasboard
Signed and dated 1983
40 x 30 cm
Group Captain Dudley Burnside was a pilot who operated during the 1930s over the North-West Frontier, flying transport and bomber missions. Completing two tours of operations in Bomber Command during the Second World War he also flew Sunderland flying boats in the Korean war.
On 5 March 1943 he was flying a Wellington Bomber to Essen and his aircraft was hit by flak whilst en route. The navigator standing next to him was killed and the aeroplane damaged. Nevertheless he continued to Essen and bombed the target and returned the badly damaged Wellington to an emergency airfield in Suffolk, despite being illuminated by searchlights over the target and being attacked by a night fighter on the way home. He was awarded a bar to his DFC and two of his crew members also were awarded DFCs.
In quieter moments he greatly enjoyed painting and was an excellent artist. An early member of the Guild of Aviation Artists he exhibited for many years at their annual show. His subjects were often drawn from his own flying career, and he also painted First World War aviation scenes. His paintings are in the Royal Air Force Museum and the Brooklands Museum and are generally painted using muted tones.
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