Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sep

4

1943

Night Action in the Strait of Dover

Gun-boats off Le Tréport, 4th September 1943. 
War Artists Advisory Committee commission: Peter Scott 1945

All round it was as bright as day, or brighter, and it was an extraordinarily beautiful spectacle. The sea was a brilliant unreal green under the starshells; some of them burned through their parachute strings and fell into the water, where they went on burning as they sank, with a wonderful luminous greenish glow. Above, the sky was full of curling question-marks of smoke left by the flares as they floated down. I thought one flare was going to land on the fo’c’sle, but it fell just clear ahead. There were still torrents of tracer trickling and streaming away from the enemy ships, and our boats were occasionally hit.