Name/TitleGas detection screen with American Bald Eagle painted on one side by Geoff Greensmith, 1944/45
About this objectGas detection panel from the army camp at Biggin Hill
Large square metal boards were painted with gas sensitive paint. The paint would change from a yellowish green to red if it detected mustard gas. The panels were mounted on wooden posts around the army camp at Biggin Hill. Fortunately neither side deployed gas in open combat during the Second World War.
Towards the end of the war, local boy Geoff Greensmith found a pile of these panels. His awe of the American Eagle Squadron inspired him to paint the American Bald Eagle on one side of the panel.
PeriodSecond World War
Medium and MaterialsMetal screen
Inscription and MarksSigned 'Geoff Greensmith 1944'
MeasurementsH 455mm x W 455mm x D 2mm
Subject and Association KeywordsSecond World War
Subject and Association KeywordsRAF
Subject and Association KeywordsRAF Biggin Hill
Subject and Association KeywordsGreensmith, Geoff
Subject and Association KeywordsAmerican Eagle Squadron