Bomber crash

Frank Hinder1949

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

In 1941 the Lockheed bomber in which Frank Hinder was undertaking an aerial reconnaissance mission crashed in Rabaul. His subsequent painting of this event, Bomber crash, is a synthesis of the exotic environment in Rabaul, the terrifying plane crash, and the artist’s strong philosophical beliefs.
Using an arrangement of futurist-inspired curvilinear forms, the artist re-creates the explosions, flames, and dark plumes which engulfed the crashed plane. Hinder wrote of this experience:
Corporal clutching at seat with eyes popping – me the same way – plane swung straight and crashed … lot of noise and racket, tried to protect head and face waiting for next bump and crash. Came to rest and flames shot up all round … Before door opened wondered what it would be like to be incinerated.

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  • Title: Bomber crash
  • Creator: Frank Hinder
  • Date: 1949
  • Location: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney