Sunday, January 28, 2007

Navigator and Operations Officer

Captain W. W. Foster of Greenville, S. C. is the navigator of an American Flying Fortress based in England, and also his squadrons' operations officer. Peter Hurd has painted him in his flying clothes--warm sheepskin jacket, helmet and white silk scarf. In the background a B-17 is taking off on a dawn raid, just lifting from the runway into the pink and green sky. It has received its final instructions from the control tower to the right, part of the station at which Hurd lived and painted for weeks. Captain Foster's portrait was the first one painted. He sat for it between operational flights over the industrial towns of France.

Life February 15, 1943

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