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14. CHECKING THE TARGETS [Artist: Ken MacDougall]

posted 13 Mar 2013, 01:04 by Bill Bishop   [ updated 24 May 2014, 10:15 by Garry Alexander ]

During the Air Force Reserves first summer deployments to the Arctic in early 1970's, 400 and 411 Squadrons were based at Churchill, MB. Most of the flights from Churchill were flown to destination well north of the Arctic Circle. Included in the deployment were a few artists and naturalists who were given an opportunity to experience the north. The artist with 400 Squadron was the well-known Ken MacDougall of Sault Ste Marie, ON. He made many sketches and, later, produced several pieces of artwork.

After the daily schedule of work activities, and during the long daylight hours, squadron members were given the opportunity to participate in live weapons firing at an area near the airfield and along the open coast of Hudson's Bay. A make shift range was set up along with make shift targets and firing would commence on the instruction of the Range Officer. After firing, weapons were cleared and participants were allowed to check their targets. 

This painting shows the shooters moving toward their targets. CHECKING THE TARGETS by Ken MacDougall is a watercolor measuring 31 x 24 cm. It was produced in 1972 and now resides with LCol. Carl Mills