Barbara Tribe (Australian, 1913-2000), 'Wing Commander Charles Martin',
bronzed plaster bust, signed, inscribed and dated 'Barbara Tribe LONDON 1943', 40 x 52cm.
Wing Commander Charles Martin was the first Empire Air Training Scheme graduate to command a R.A.A.F. squadron, and in 1941 was awarded the D.F.C. following a sortie against the German battleship, Gneisenau. His citation reads "On 24th July, 1941 this officer as Captain of an aircraft participated in a daylight attack on Gneisenau at Brest. Flight Lieutenant Martin kept in tight formation and with his leader, presented such a determined front that the numerous enemy fighters did not dare to attack. One night last Autumn, whilst flying to Berlin he failed to receive a general recall signal and went on to his target. He penetrated into the center of the city and bombed his target. On his return to this country, he made a successful landing in thick fog."
Illustrated in 'Barbara Tribe, Sculptor' by Patricia R.McDonald, page 131.