I hope you enjoy reading and finding out about her as much as I enjoy chasing and writing about her life.
Elva died when I was very young and although my only real memory of ‘her’ centers around my family clearing her house, my whole life has been seasoned with her story.
As an artist, Elva used her spare time to paint the portraits of over 1000 pilots and ground crew,
creating a lasting and unrivaled record of life at the worlds most famous fighter station.
These paintings are now owned by the RAF Museum and can be viewed in their online collections.
After her demobbing, Elva arranged many exhibitions of her work, often donating sale proceeds to the RABF.
I wish to honor her life and work and over time raise money in her name.
“I could have been a weak, lazy, helpless woman and much happier, thinking only of my painting, instead of not touching a brush for months.”