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In Memoriam: Chris Driver

Chris, our dear friend who passed away on March 22nd, 2010, was a founding member of the CAAA and a past Vice-President and assistant editor of AerialViews. Chris served in the RAF briefly in his native England and later retired as college teacher. Chris was a very active member of the CAAA and had a major role in many CAAA projects. Chris was involved with a variety of organizations such as the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, radio controlled modellers and motor racing associations. He worked mainly in acrylics on aviation, motor racing and wildlife themes. Chris resided in Kingston, Ontario. Chris' gallery is maintained on this site in honour of his contribution to the CAAA and in memory of this cherished friend and colleague.

Barker's Balloon - William Barker V.C. downs a German observation balloon - Northern Italy - First World War - WW1 - by Chris Driver

 

 

Barker's Balloon
by Chris Driver


William Barker V.C., a Canadian flying with the British Royal Flying Corps, downs a German observation balloon after shooting down two Albatross fighters. This action took place over Northern Italy during the First World War.

18 x 24 Inches Acrylic on Board

 

 

The Great War - Albatross III First World War - WWI - Great War Flying Museum,  Brantford Ontario - by Chris Driver

 

 

The Great War
by Chris Driver


An attack on an Albatross III during the First World War. This painting hangs in the Great War Flying Museum in Brantford Ontario.

18 x 24 Inches Acrylic on Board

 

 

Getting the Message - Westland Lysander 400(AC) Army Co-Operation Squadron RCAF - by Chris Driver

 

 

Getting the Message
by Chris Driver


A Westland Lysander of 400(AC) Army Co-Operation Squadron RCAF practices picking up messages from the ground "on the fly" in southern England early in the second World War. This painting was accepted into the juried show "ArtFlight" at the National Aviation Museum, Ottawa in 1999.

 

 

Wooden Wonder - deHavilland Mosquito - Second World War - WWII - by Chris Driver

 

 

Wooden Wonder
by Chris Driver


The remarkable deHavilland Mosquito of the Second World War, constructed mainly of wood, was an extremely versatile and successful design. It was used in many roles, from photo reconnaissance to anti-shipping strikes, pathfinder for the heavy bombers to precision bombing strikes.

16 x 20 Inches Acrylic on Board

 

 

RCAF Mustangs - North American Mustangs of the RCAF flying in formation - by Chris Driver

 

 

RCAF Mustangs
by Chris Driver


North American Mustangs of the RCAF flying in formation.

 

 

Clipped Wing Spitfire - by Chris Driver

 

 

Clipped Wing Spitfire
by Chris Driver


A "clipped wing" Spitfire in flight. This version of this famous fighter was designed as a low-level close support tactical fighter-bomber.

 

 

Navy Harvards - Alan Burgham, from New Zealand,trained in Kingston, Ontario and flew with the Fleet Air Arm during WW2 - Navy Reserve Squadron VC 921 - by Chris Driver

 

 

Navy Harvards
by Chris Driver


Alan Burgham, a New Zealand native trained in Kingston, Ontario and flew with the Fleet Air Arm during the war. Having married a Kingston girl he returned to Kingston and commanded Navy Reserve Squadron VC 921. Alan still resides in Kingston where the artist is privileged to call him a friend.

 

 

USAF Sabres - Canadians in Korea - Sqn Ldr Eric Smith, an Ottawa resident, attached to the USAF during the Korean War - by Chris Driver

 

 

USAF Sabres - Canadians in Korea
by Chris Driver


Sqn Leader Eric Smith, an Ottawa resident, is flying the foreground aircraft while on attachment to the USAF during the Korean War.

 

 

Hornell's Attack - VC winner Sqn Ldr David Hornell's attack against a U-boat - by Chris Driver

 

 

Hornell's Attack
by Chris Driver


A depiction of VC winner Sqn Ldr David Hornell's attack against a U-boat. Although critically damaged by flak from the U-boat, Hornell pressed the attack in his Catalina sinking the submarine but then ditching his aircraft. He survived with members of his crew but died of exposure even as the survivors of his crew were rescued.

 

 

Snowbirds Performing Over Kingston Ontario - by Chris Driver

 

 

Snowbirds Performing Over Kingston, Ontario
by Chris Driver




 

 

Cold War Patrol - Royal Air Force Gloster Meteor based at Horsham St. Faith 1953 - by Chris Driver

 

 

Cold War Patrol
by Chris Driver


A Royal Air Force Gloster Meteor based at Horsham St. Faith, an East Anglian base near Norwich, airborne on practise intercepts in 1953.

18 x 24 Inches Acrylic on Paper

 

 

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