PQ 13, further reading

PQ 13: “much to excited to hit anything

Convoy PQ19 attacked by JU 88's

Convoy PQ19 attacked by JU 88’s

The original painting was commissioned by and for one of the former crew of New Westminster CityN W C IMG_0004_NEW

He and I worked closely to produce a scene he as an eye witness, was satisfied with.

Mr. H. Mills letter

Mr. H. Mills letter

Mr. H Mills sketch 1

Mr. H Mills sketch 1

My client who fired at the attackers said he was “much to excited to hit anything“, was aboard “New Westminster City”.

New Westminster City 2

New Westminster City 2

Mr Mills version, Ship NWC arms plan

Mr Mills version, Ship NWC arms plan

The ship illustrated in my painting here as PQ 13 is being attacked by JU 88s.

Mr Mills version, Ship bridge 'armour' NWC plan

Mr Mills version, Ship bridge ‘armour’ NWC plan

an 18 year old Harry Mills action station duty station was bridge port side wing heavy machine gun.

Mr. H Mills sketch 3

Mr. H Mills sketch 3

My efforts to produce the best most original painting I could include building and painting a scale model of a Ju 88.

Two days later New Westminster City became another casualty of the battle to supply Russia and my client, now deceased, then aged 18, lost a leg.

This is a relatively early period Gordon Frickers marine painting, none the less interesting, both as an early exampls of emerging talent and because it was composed from and with a survivor from the sunken “New Westminster City“.

This very original painting was developed in part from ‘naive’ sketches provided by my client.

New Westminster City sketch 4

New Westminster City sketch 4 with first comments

New Westminster City sketch 5

New Westminster City sketch 5

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The cruiser HMS Edinburgh is part of the background.

Years later the painting was reproduced as a book cover at the request of Captain Igor Kozyr (Russian navy, rtd) who was co authoring with an American, John L. Haynes a book called “Frozen Fury“, a personal account of convoy PQ13

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This was the first convoy to Murmansk to feel the full fury of German attacks on that route.

Frozen Fury, (ISBN 978-1-4512-0156-7).
Captain Igor Kozyr asked me if he could use my PQ 13 painting, an early example of my art, produced for and with an eye witness, as the cover for the Russian version of the book (ISBN 9-785904-180379). Frozen Fury D 05.04.15_0001

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The convoy is also the subject of book, “The Ship That Torpedoed Herself”, HMS Edinburgh.

I still have but have not written up fully his and my remarkable original notes and sketches.

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