Day: June 24, 2020

Friend and foe depicted anonymously in online exhibition
Front Lines

Friend and foe depicted anonymously in online exhibition

The art world is rife with paintings of old men. The halls of power, academia, galleries and museums are festooned with centuries’ worth of portraits of males who supposedly changed the world, a little or a lot. So when it was suggested to artist Catherine Jones nearly 20 years ago that she start painting veterans--old men, all--she recoiled. That genre had been done to death, or so she thought. “I said, ‘oh yeah, right. Old guys on canvas. That’ll get me kicked out of the art world,’” recalls Jones, who to that point had been a conceptual artist. Except that these old men, dispatched by the powerful, really had changed the world—with their guts, their wits and their devotion. They were Second World War veterans, every one, and Jones, who started painting them while recovering fro...
Ordeal at sea
Military Milestones

Ordeal at sea

At 7 p.m. June 25, 1944, at the end of a 10-hour anti-submarine patrol that had taken them 400 kilometres north of Scotland’s Shetland Islands, RCAF Flight Lieutenant David Ernest Hornell and his crew of eight aboard Canso 9754 were thinking of returning to land. The weather was turning bad, with low clouds and rough seas. Should they return to Scotland, or divert to Iceland, more than 800 kilometres away? When the gunner spotted a U-boat below, the choice was taken away. Hornell attacked the submarine, despite jamming the plane’s starboard guns. Instead of diving, U-1225 opened fire, ripping holes in the starboard wing and shattering its engine, which caught fire. Confident they had done in the aircraft, the U-boat crew stopped firing, allowing Hornell to manoeuvre his cripple...