In 1944 the artist was invited by the War Artists Advisory Commitee to paint portraits of two members of the Royal Air Force who had won the Victoria Cross, one at an airbase in Yorkshire, the other in Lincolnshire. After visiting the airbase in Yorkshire, Gwynne-Jones found that the sitter was unable to devote sufficiant time to sitting for a portrait in oils. Instead, he made drawings of a number of Air Force personnel, largely members of the Australian Air Force, at two airbases in Lincolnshire. Sixty-three drawings were purchased by the War Artists Advisory Commitee; 44 of these are in the Imperial War Museum, 12 in the Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln, 2 in the Graves Art Gallery (3 in the Rutherston Loan Collection).
Text: Allan Gwynne-Jones – National Museum of Wales, catalogue published 1982. Page 60. No.106.