Northern Europe’s short summer nights, with darkness lasting but a few hours, often saw the R.A.F. bomber crews returning to England at dawn, and it is one such scene which is caught on canvas in Nicolas Trudgian’s painting.
As the sun comes up over the river Orwell at Pin Mill, Lancasters of No. 49 Squadron descend low over Suffolk, heading towards their base at Fiskerton. The night raid on Hamburg is almost completed. Spitfires from No. 129 Squadron based at Hornchurch, having made an early morning attack on German installations in Holland, have picked up the bombers and escorted them home.
Flight Lieutenant ERIC JONES
Flight Lieutenant LESLIE HAY
Flight Lieutenant ROBERT SOUTAR
Flight Lieutenant ERNEST WEBB