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"Death of Lanoe George Hawker" by rOEN911 "Death of Lanoe George Hawker" by rOEN911
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Lanoe George Hawker VC, DSO (30 December 1890 23
November 1916) was a British flying ace, with seven credited victories, during the First World War. He was the first British flying ace, and the third pilot to receive the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was killed in a dog fight with the legendary German ace Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron").
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greville Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a great painting. Most digital paintings tend to lack any kind of soul, but this one's so emotive. You've done the memory of Lanoe Hawker proud.

Lanoe Hawker flew the pants out of that obsolete machine. Richthofen's Albatross D.II was faster, more powerful and more heavily armed, but Hawker still took him on without a seconds hesitation. Richthofen fired more than 900 rounds and only managed to hit Hawker with one of them - an extremely lucky shot to the back of the head as Hawker attempted to break off, after he ran low on fuel. What a pilot.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cheers i am glad you like it
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
killed by a stroke of luck - Richthofen's guns jammed at one moment, and that last bullet hit him in the head. Talk about a lucky shot.
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CretaceousForest Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Nice work!!!! So Realistic!!!!!!
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tedfra Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I have long researched "The Hawker" (Lanoe and Harry) and of all the pictorial material this picture evokes more than any other the cruelty, the tragedy and the bravery of that obscenely wasteful conflict. Congratulations.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :D
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blue-ricki Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
A warriors death
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denizbal Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
good work..
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
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ebarr Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
He was flying an effectively obsolete aircraft by the time he was killed.
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