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This painting is based on a passage from the novel "WingedVictory" by V. Yeates -"Tom got one more or less in his Aldis and went in with a long burst turning onto it's tail. The thing reared up in front of him in a sort of upward roll"The book is semi-autobiographical, Yeates having served with 46 Squadron flying Sopwith Camels in 1918 and also having lost all his friends in the war. Its protagonist, Tom Cundall, plans to leave the Royal Air Force when his service is up and live on a West Country farm with his friends. However, by the time he is due to leave the Air Force, all his friends have "gone west". This leaves him a broken man. The narrative combination of action, pathos, humour and humility set against the huge casualties of the RAF in 1918 makes Winged Victory one of the classics of Great War literature.
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V. M. Yeates - Sopwith Camel
At the time of writing his book in 1934 Yeates was dying of TB, he walked out of hospital to finish the book. "My chief difficulty was to compromise between truth and art, for I was writing a novel that was to be an exact reproduction of the period and an exact analysis and synthesis of a state of mind.""Admirable, Admirable. The finest book on men and war I have ever read” - T.E.Lawrence.Published by Jonathan Cape for £2 in 1934, it sold poorly, and Yeates died of TB within 6 months. 7 years later it was changing hands for £40 between the RAF fighter and bomber pilots locked in the Battle of Britain.