Into The Night by Colin Colahan. This painting appears to show a air crew headed towards their Halifax bomber for a night raid. The Handley Page Halifax B. Mk. II was a four-engined heavy bomber model operated by the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II.
“There’s something in this Air Force stuff.
There’s a sort of glory. There’s the
uniform and regalia and bunting. The slim,
powerful lines of your kite. The wide
runways in the early morning. The thrill of
aerial combat and of mass flights up there
above the wide, sun-splashed realm of cloud.
The binges and companionship and kingdom
of the sky. There’s the smell of rich oil
and the sound of a sweet-running engine,
the unleashing fury of your guns.”
From The Library.