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Live and Let Live by tuomaskoivurinne Live and Let Live by tuomaskoivurinne
acrylics 2011,
aerial scene from the Western Front with Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 and German Albatros D.III.

Inspired by an incident that occurred on May 7th 1917, near Douai. British pilot Arthur Rhys-Davids was on his first patrol with the No. 56 Squadron (Royal Flying Corps) when they ran into group of Germans from Jasta 11.
Several British planes were shot down by the experienced German airmen. Rhys-Davids's guns were jammed and his damaged engine quit. Suddenly the German pilot on his tail, once thought to be Lieutenant Kurt Wolff, pulled away from a sure kill and let him live. Rhys-Davids made a powerless landing safely behind British lines.

The irony of war, both young pilots were killed before the end of the year 1917.

Did this for MGWAT in the Great War Forum.
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Rainsig Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love stories like this - when one enemy lets live other...
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nerve-s Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Any idea why he didn't shoot him down? I also love your pictures. All of them!
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Chivalry? Weapon malfunction? Didn't feel like it? Who knows?
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XenocidaEnder Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
Not sure what I like more; the story of Wolff's chivalry, your perfectly done picture or your interest in flying? Keep up the good work
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All good subjects to like :) Thank you.
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Ulfsark Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great history...
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BaBQ Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Very well done!:D
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YourFreedomFighter Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Amazing. I love the story behind this. Great Concept :+fav:
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Gegart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
nice pic
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doughboycafe Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Writer
Hi T,

Sorry it took me so long to get on the comments here! Firstly, thanks for the story. Interesting albeit sad. I really like the perspective on the planes... the painting seems to me to be kinda twisty, so it really seems like the planes are moving on two... different planes. Hur hur. Math/linguistics joke. Anyways it was effective.

Also... man the shell craters really get to me. The ground looks like swiss cheese and that's... just horrible to think about living down there.
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