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)
The portrait is drawn in pen & ink and was commissioned by one of Red’s biggest fans.
Please have a look at my main portraits page for more, sensitively drawn, pen & ink portraits.
If you have a family member who fought in WW1 or WW2 – or if there’s a military person that you particularly admire – and you would like me to bring them to life in pen & ink, please send me a message through my contact page.
I’m happy to discuss any project, whatever the size.