Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas’ painting of the Kodima incident.A painting depicting the cargo ship Kodima, aground on the rocks at Fowey, with one of 771 Squadron’s Search and Rescue helicopters in the foreground, has been presented to the squadron by the artist, Penelope Douglas. Associated with the painting is an award consisting of a cheque for 50 and a bottle of champagne which will be presented twice a year to a member of 771 squadron in recognition of his or her contribution to the efficiency of the squadron.
Chief Petty Officer Mike Christopher with artist Penelope Douglas.
The Kodima ran aground in Whitsand Bay in February 2002 with a cargo of timber, much of which was washed ashore. One of 771 squadron’s helicopters rescued nine salvage workers from the vessel in gale force winds during attempts to refloat the ship.

Penelope Douglas is a member of the Guild of Aviation Artists and now lives in Devon. She is pictured with Chief Petty Officer Mike Christopher, the first member of 771 Squadron to be awarded the 50 the bottle of champagne, and a citation. The citation refers to “extraordinary drive and unique ability to motivate.” Mike, known as “Jan” to his naval friends, lives in Falmouth with his wife Tracey and their three children.