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Face burns, Sgt James F. Gourlay, RAF, 536215

Charles Goldhamer (1903-1985)
Face burns, Charles Goldhamer, Canadian War Museum, 19710261-3890

Gourlay returned to operational flying after extensive care at the advanced plastic surgery unit at East Grinstead, Sussex. He urged his crew to wear goggles, helmet, and gloves at all times while airborne. "If you want to know why, come into my office and I'll show you," he would say, thinking of photographs taken while he was being treated.

Watercolour and charcoal on paper 46.7 x 42.1 cm
Painted c. 1945
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
Canadian War Museum 19710261-3890

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