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Eight by itifonhom Eight by itifonhom
     On 17th May 1943, 21.45 hours, two Handley Page Hampdens of 415 Squadron RCAF departed from their base on Thorney Island to engage enemy shipping off the Dutch coast. The two aircraft were the B/415 with  F/Sgt LE McGee at the controls and the D/415 piloted by P/O Keith C Wathen. The flight reached the point of the strike around midnight local time but after that its movements were unknown and both aircraft failed to return to base, probably shot down by enemy flak while engaged by night torpedo bombing.
    The crew of the D-GX, which is the main theme of this image was: RAAF F/O Wathen K C (Pilot), RAF F7O Crawford J M (Navigator), RNZAF Fl Sgt Sykes I M (Gunner) and RAF Sgt Steward J H (Gunner). On 22nd July 1943 the body of F/O Keith Wathen was recovered from the sea at St Peter, in the district of Eiderstadt. He is burried in the Kiel War Cemetery in Germany. The other three crew members have no known grave and their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, UK.
    I created this image while being in contact with Keith´s nephew who´s still living in Australia. He gave me some very good information about that fateful night and I really tried to be as accurate as possible. But of course, this image isn´t  dedicated just to F/O Keith Wathen but it´s a tribute to all eight, brave young men, that lost their lives that night. 
     Created with C4D and Photoshop.
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Kumichi58 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What program did you used to make that?
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   Several but mostly Cinema4D and Photoshop.
Kumichi58 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Keep up the good work! 
alotef Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Congrats mate, you've made a fine work indeed! :)
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   Thank you so much Mike, glad you liked it!!  :-)
Stargatepony Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Wow..... I can stare at this for hours and hours Examinng every little detail. This really does reach my Criteria for "Perfecto!"

A job well done, You once again, Have my approval.  Clapping Pony Icon - Spitfire - Wonderbolt Uniform Good day to you sir.

itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much, your comment makes me really happy!!
GuillaumeDesc Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Amazing scene/atmosphere  Clap


itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you very much Sir!!
psc2012 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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