HMS Formidable, 1942 – Seafires returning

Formidable, yours as a signed, limited edition print via our Print Gallery page

By Gordon Frickers 40 x 61 cms (16″ x 24″), oils on board, Original Commission, Sold

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Detail from HMS Formidable, 1942 - Seafires returning Detail from HMS Formidable, 1942 - Seafires returning Detail from HMS Formidable, 1942 - Seafires returning

About this rather special marine painting.

This painting provided the link that won a unique invitation to exhibit at the European Parliament May 2011, the first marine artist invited.

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The prints arrived safely and I am very pleased with them.
Thank You. Thanks again, BRIAN SIMPSON, MEP

Formidable a marine painting in her Mediterranean colour scheme, with a Seafire patrol returning, others parked on deck.

Commissioned by a lady whose husband was on Formidable for 4 years, including in the Med, then went to Canada having decided flying was the future, returning to fly Seafires and to eventually becoming a Naval test pilot.
The request was to show a sunset scene, World War 2, Seafires returning from patrol.


Research indicated this meant we were going to paint her either at Sicily or Operation Avalanche (Salerno 9/43)

Landing a Seafire or Spitfire, as photos show and the artist has seen many times at Biggin Hill the final approach was a wobbly business.
Because the visibility in a Seafire when landing, nose up, (and taxiing) was so poor the pilots would weave the aircraft.
To assist Pilots, Formidable had a white line painted down the middle of the entire length of her flight deck.

This painting includes in the background haze a sister ship and an escort, a ‘W’ class destroyer.
The ‘H’ class destroyers were very similar.

Sister ships were HMS Illustrious, HMS Indomitable, and HMS Victorious.


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Thanks again, BRIAN SIMPSON, MEP and Mrs Baker who commissioned this artwork.

Brian also kindly sent in his Father’s personal log.
You can see it in Gordon’s blog.

Brian Simpson added “When ‘Hammy’ Gray was killed he was awarded the Victoria Cross for that action“.

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