Stained Glass Window
What do you see? In the…Stained Glass Window by Sgt. Patricia McNorgan
The overall painting was inspired by movie director Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds). Hitchcock left much of the horror/suspense to the viewer’s imagination rather than showing the horror/suspense directly. We are left with the aftermath rather than the event, which adds to the suspense. The painting asks raises more questions than it answers.
According to Sgt Patricia McNorgan, the artist, the purpose of the painting is “to remind us of the terrible cost of Bomber Command’s air war and the many Canadians who made the supreme sacrifice.”
Bullet Holes and Blood Splatters
We see two bullet holes near the top-left section of the Perspex window. We also see blood splatters, one of which is shaped like a poppy – the symbol of remembrance for military sacrifice.
Helmet and Goggles
The tail gunner’s leather helmet and goggles lie on the seat at the entrance to the turret. The placement of these items suggests a wreath placed at the foot of a monument.
We see someone being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher in the background – is it the tail gunner? Is the gunner alive or dead? Was the mission a success? What was the fate of the rest of the crew?