This site is dedicated to the memory of my dad, Don Lankin who passed away on March 1, 2017 from Alzheimer’s.
Donald Arthur Lankin was a wonderfully talented and prolific commercial artist. Over the course of several decades he created a wealth of artwork covering many different styles and subject matter. He mastered many mediums including graphite, pen & ink as well as oil, acrylic and watercolour.
Upon retirement, he decided to pursue his primary interest of aviation art. This was largely inspired by the loss of his older brother, William Walford Lankin who was a rear gunner on a Handley Page Halifax Mk. III aircraft from 77 squadron, 4 Group, Bomber Command. Returning from a raid on Dusseldorf, Germany the night of November 2/3rd, 1944, the aircraft was attacked by a German night fighter. They crashed near Liege in Belgium and all seven crew members were lost.
During dad’s retirement, he researched aircraft and the men who flew. He produced more than one hundred paintings of aviation and marine themes. His brother’s logbook and letters gave him a personal perspective on the WWII era. His brother’s fascination with aircraft, the model aircraft they built together, as well as their shared love of the big band music of the 1940’s remained in dad’s memory throughout his life.
He would often tell me stories about his brother and about all the young men he knew who served during those years.
He impressed upon me the importance of keeping their memory alive and to always show our gratitude for their sacrifice. Ordinary men who did extraordinary things.