The Fatal Sky (2005)
Oil painting by Murray McLeod


  • Oil painting, Panel / Board / MDF
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 23.62 × 15.75 × 1.97 in (unframed) / 23.62 × 15.75 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Murray McLeod


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Artist's description:

On 23 November 1916 a classic Western Front aerial combat was enacted. The pilots in this individual combat were Major Lanoe Hawker in a DH2 scout and Manfred Richtofen in his far superior DIII Albatros. For fifteen minutes or so they jousted, with neither able to gain an advantage. Finally with his fuel running low, Hawker broke off the combat and ran for home. Richtofen gave chase, firing short bursts, one of which struck Hawker in the head, his machine with its dead pilot crashed beside a German observation post, to become Richtofen's 15th victim, in a final tally of 80 allied machines.

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Oil paint