Eugene ‘Red’ Tobin – American RAF Pilot, WW2

This cheekily likeable chap is Eugene Quimby ‘Red’ Tobin, one of only eleven American pilots to fly with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.  On 7 September 1941, Tobin was killed in combat with Me109s of JG 26 on No 71 ‘Eagle’ Squadron‘s first sweep over northern France, one of three Spitfires shot down.  He crashed into a hillside near Boulogne-sur-Mer and was buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. He was 24 years old. (article)

(Find out more about him in this contemporary newspaper article)

The portrait is drawn in pen & ink and was commissioned by one of Red’s biggest fans.