Spitfire MH434 art by artist Martin Allen


After reading many pilots accounts of their experiences during WW2 I wanted to paint a tribute to their braveness and created this montage.

At one time owned and flown by the legendary Ray Hanna Spitfire MH434 still flies today. Here the spitfire is shown in he markings of the WW2 fighter ace Douglas Bader. The painting is based on a photo by Richard Huckett. The pilot is unknown and based an old B&W wartime pic of an RAF pilot asleep between sorties.

The original oil on canvas painting is available, sized at 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91cm), framed in a solid wood black tray frame.

Limited edition prints are still available from an edition of 100 and sized at 16″ x 23″ (42cm x 59cm) are still available. Each is printed on Somerset Velvet acid-free paper with Archival Inks.

Every limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist and comes with its own certificate of authenticity. The prints are shipped rolled in a cardboard tube.

NB – frames are not included with the prints.

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Spitfire MH434 “40 Winks” is an exceptional piece of artwork that pays homage to the bravery of pilots during World War II. Inspired by numerous accounts of pilots’ experiences, artist Martin Allen has created a tribute that transcends time, capturing the spirit of valour and heroism in the face of adversity. This painting is not merely a piece of art; it is a profound statement about courage, sacrifice, and the indomitable spirit of those who took to the skies to defend freedom.

The original oil on canvas, measuring 24″ x 36″, beautifully captures a Spitfire Mk IX -MH434, on the ground between sorties with pilot at rest on a couple of chairs next to his trusty Spit.

The legacy of this extraordinary moment of Spitfire MH434 lives on in a 100 limited edition print run. Each print, sized at 42cm x 59cm, is a piece of history, allowing the admirer to own a snapshot of aviation heroism. Printed on Somerset Velvet, acid-free paper with Archival Inks, these prints are designed to preserve the quality and vibrance of the artwork for generations. Furthermore, each print is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, “40 Winks” serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during WWII. It is a celebration of the human spirit, showcasing the extraordinary feats individuals are capable of when pushed to their limits. This artwork is not only a fitting tribute the iconic Spitfire once owned by Ray Hanna but also to all the pilots whose stories of bravery and sacrifice have inspired countless others over the years.

The attention to detail in Allen’s work is remarkable, from the precise depiction of the Spitfire to the dynamic representation of it at rest, capturing a moment frozen in time with emotional depth and technical prowess. It is a testament to Allen’s skill as an artist and his deep respect for his subjects. The artwork evokes a sense of nostalgia, pride, and reverence, making it a must-have for aviation enthusiasts, history buffs, and art collectors alike.

“40 Winks” is more than just a piece of art; it is an investment in the preservation of aviation history. It offers the owner a connection to a pivotal moment in world history, 5 years where courage and innovation were paramount. This artwork is an invitation to reflect on the past, appreciate the present, and inspire future generations with stories of heroism and human achievement.

“40 Winks” by Martin Allen is not merely a painting of a Spitfire and it’s unknown pilot but a piece of history captured on canvas. It offers a unique opportunity to own a part of aviation heritage, celebrating the bravery of WWII pilots and the enduring legacy of their achievements.

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Original Oil Painting, Signed Limited Edition A2 Print on Somerset Velvet paper

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