The Art of Chris French FGAvA

Professional Aviation and Military Artist

Witness

B-29 Nagasaki

Famous RAF airman Leonard Cheshire was the British Government’s official observer for the US Army Air Force's atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki on 9th August 1945. He was on board the third B-29 (officially the photo ship - later to be christened 'The Big Stink') and witnessed the explosion and mushroom cloud from some distance. After carefully researching the landscape, weather conditions, flight path and altitude of the aircraft, I have painted a scene that focuses on the aircraft with the drop site in the distance.

This painting is one of thirteen commissioned works by different artists which tell the story of Leonard Cheshire's service career.

Oil on canvas.

Original owned by Leonard Cheshire Disability

All images copyright Chris French FGAvA.

Professional Aviation and Military Artist

B-29 Nagasaki

The Art of

Chris French FGAvA

Professional Aviation and Military Artist

B-29 Nagasaki