WWII veteran’s portrait unveiled at museum

Lindfield resident Harry Hacker has been chosen as the subject of a new portrait unveiled at Wings museum in Balcombe. 

At the official ceremony at the volunteer-run WWII museum last month, local artist Paul Milton explained how he’d been inspired by Harry’s story. Paul attended an art workshop at nearby Koorana Centre in Ardingly where a group of assembled artists listened to Harry while they also got the chance to capture his image at the same time. 

“I wanted to do justice to Harry,” Paul explained. “The guys in Bomber Command are so great. Creating portraits of them feels like the right thing to do.”

Harry was a bomb aimer and co-pilot in 40 Squadron in Italy in 1944/45. He served a full tour of 39 operations as part of Wellington Bombers with the Mediteranean Allied Strategic Air Force 205 Group. He was one of only 16 airmen that survived from the original group of 64.

The portrait is on display at Wings indefinitely.