Hurricane P3175

The following sketchbook drawings depict the remains of Hurricane P3175, on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, UK. It crashed on 31st August 1940 at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex after tangling with raiding German aircraft. Unfortunately, the pilot, Officer Gerard Maffett was killed when his parachute failed to open in time after bailing out of the aircraft at low altitude. The wreckage remained at Walton-on-the-Naze until 1973 when it was recovered and subsequently given to The RAF Museum in 1977.

The drawings themselves are double-page spreads from two different sketchbooks and were carried out in ballpoint pen…I just about managed to resist the temptation to paint them with alcohol to draw out the colour in the biro ink, choosing instead to leave them dry, relying on the pen strokes to describe the form. I particularly like the effect of the ink against the ivory pages of the sketchbook.