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A Royal Air Force pilot getting a haircut and reading Greenmantle by John Buchan, 1942. There are so many interesting things about this photo, the colors, the apparent calmness of these two gents during wartime, the young pilot smoking a pipe and also the fact that he’s reading a book set in the First World War, during the Second World War. The pilot’s name was Francis Mellersh and he was twice awarded Britain’s Distinguished Flying Cross and was recommended for the Victoria Cross. His daughter regarding this picture: “We have the original of the photo, and the book (he was crazy about John Buchan) and that bloody pipe killed him in the end at 72. I’m afraid those who have been to war and daily diced with death are rather cavalier with their health”. Instead of resuming his Oxford studies at the end of the war Francis remained in the RAF for another 30 plus years and flew right until the end (often with the Red Arrows). He reached Air Vice Marshal and was Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff. He was a very modest man, very laid-back (that photo says it all) and spoke little of the war. The plane in the background is Supermarine Spitfire. The Spitfire’s maiden flight was on March 5, 1936. It finally entered service with the Royal Air Force in 1938. It remained in service with the RAF until 1955. During this time, 20,351 Spitfires were built. Though it is assumed that ‘Spitfire’ came from the aeroplane’s awesome firing capabilities, it was also an Elizabethan word that meant someone who had a fiery character. Towards the end of the Battle of Britain, Herman Goring was having a heated exchange with his commanders, frustrated that they weren’t winning the Battle of Britain as planned. He asked them what they needed to win and ace pilot Adolf Galland famously responded “I should like an outfit of Spitfires”. _______________________________________________________
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4 hour sketch (plus done later tweaks) from this afternoon at Leith School of Fish of Nicci. Graphite and @generalpencil white charcoal on paper. #mermay #mermaid #art #mermay2017 #tail #draw #sketch #lifedrawing #figuredrawing #pencil #graphite #model #charcoal #generals #paper #leith #lsa #coffee #edinburgh #scotland #instaart #pencildrawing #light #shade #getyourrocksoff

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Congrats to my sister & the class of 2017!!! 🎓 So proud of you boo! I love you more than you know 💗 #classof2017 #generals #proud #bigbrother #graduation

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