McGrath wrote to Kenneth Clark offering his services, supported by Geoffrey Webb and John Piper (3). In particular, McGrath came up with a scheme for an illustrated book, "a popular account of aircraft production" (13-14). This proposal was supported by Lord Sempill and McGrath asked that the Committee finance the drawings. The scheme for the book chapters and the illustrations is at (19ff). The file includes information about McGrath's other publications: a prospectus for Twentieth Century Houses' (Faber and Faber, 1934) (35) and Glass in Architecture and Decoration' (Architectural Press, 1937) (36); also two black and white prints of his drawing Carlton Hill, Edinburgh, 1938' (49-50).
Walter de la Mare (of Faber and Faber, who intended to publish the book) accompanied McGrath to see Dickey, Ashton and Bevan to discuss the proposal. A report of the meeting is at (67). As a result, McGrath was commissioned by the MoI to carry out twelve drawings, for a fee of £100. Because of this commission it was necessary to change Henry Rushbury's subjects. At (68), McGrath outlines his plans to visit the various aircraft factories: Vickers Armstrong and Airscrew Co at Weybridge; Armstrong Whitworth at Coventry; Short Brothers, at Rochester; Phillips and Powis at Reading; Rolls Royce, at Derby; Vickers Armstrong at Southampton; and Bristol Aeroplane Company.
Lists of the works submitted are at (79-80), and (97). McGrath persuaded the Committee to agree to pay £50 for four more drawings to complete the series, before he left to take up the post of Senior Architect in the Office of Public Works in Dublin. These additional works are listed at (98). However, the Air Ministry changed all the titles.
McGrath submitted further drawings of bombed London, in February 1941, but they were declined. In his letter about these at (105), McGrath describes his impressions of the bombed city.
The file ends with a presscutting regarding McGrath's exhibition at Combridges in Dublin.