Hector John Gaudreau
8X10 Oil on Canvas
This painting was inspired by
High Flight, a poem by
Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
was written by Pilot Officer John Gillespie MaGee, Jr., an American serving
with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was born in Shanghai, China in 1922, the
son of missionary parents.
He came to the U.S. in 1939 and earned a scholarship to Yale, but in September
1940 he enlisted in the RCAF and graduated as a pilot. He was sent to
England for combat duty in July 1941.
In August or September 1941, Pilot Officer MaGee composed High Flight
and sent a copy to his parents. Several months later, on December 11, 1941 his
Spitfire collided with another plane over England and MaGee, only 19 years of
age, crashed to his death. It is rumored that MaGee collided with "pieces" of a German Messerschmitt 109 after
having "pounced" on it over the English Channel. Seems the ME109 took some serious hits and as it went down, MaGee flew into pieces of the stricken
His remains are buried in the churchyard cemetery at Scopwick, Lincolnshire.
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