Pacific War in art – 1944

As promised, here is an example of other works of art for the following year of the Pacific War…

USMC in the Marshall Islands, 31 Jan 1944, by: James V. Griffin

 

Truk Island, Carolinas, by: Frank Lemon

 

RNZAF, May 1944 with Corsairs

 

Saipan Jun-july 1944, by: Robert Benney

 

War Weary, by: Jack Fellows

 

Guam, July-Aug. by: Howard Gerard

 

Peleliu Invaded, Sept. 1944, By: Tom Lea

 

Avengers of the Philippines, by: John D. Shaw

November 14, 1944 . . . As smoldering enemy ships mark a trail to Manila Bay, Avengers and Hellcats of Air Group 51 overfly the isle of Corregidor on their return to the carrier U.S.S. San Jacinto.

With the misty mountains of Bataan standing as a silent sentinel, Naval LT (JG) George H.W. Bush pilots his TBM in one of his last combat missions of WWII. The valor of Bush’s group in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and in the strikes on Manila Bay helped pave the way for MacArthur’s campaign to liberate the Philippines

 

Kamikazes in the Philippines, by Usaburo Ibara

 

Japanese paratroopers, Leyte, by Tsuruto Goro

Some 750 men, mainly from the 2nd Raiding Brigade, of this group were assigned to attack American air bases on Luzon and Leyte in the night. They were flown in Ki-57 transports, but most of the aircraft were shot down. Some 300 commandos managed to land in the Burauen area on Leyte.

The paratroopers of the 11th A/B, including Gen. Joseph Swing and Smitty, found themselves fighting Japanese parachutists who had landed near the San Pablo airstrip. The Japanese were wiped out in a 5-day engagement. In a continuous series of combat actions, Japanese resistance was reduced on Leyte by the end of December 1944.

Resources:

IHRA: for their blog and their books and prints

Jack Fellows website

Barse Miller –

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-C-WWII/index.htm

Frank Lemon lithograph – 

https://www.ursusbooks.com/pages/books/162620/frank-lemon/long-a-pacific-mystery-the-secret-naval-base-at-truk-is-hit-by-avengers-february-1944-a-gallery-of-air

James V. Griffin – 

https://www.jamesgriffinillustration.com/works

Robert Benney

https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/art/artists/the-art-of-robert-benney.html

Tom Lea

1000 Yard Stare by: Tom Lea

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_C._Lea_III

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Military Humor –

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Bruce Bacon Sr. – Toledo, OH; US Army, Vietnam, 101st Airborne Division

Roy Brumbaugh – Platte, SD; US Army, German Occupation + Middle East, 11th Airborne Division

Margaret Fletcher – Woodland, CA; Civilian, Civil Air Patrol, pilot

John G. Herring – Copperhill, TN; US Army

Joseph Kelly – New Canaan, CT; US Army, WWII, ETO, Forward Observer

Mary LaPlante (100) – Kansas City, MO; US Navy WAVE, WWII, encryptor

Jack Martin – Greensboro, NC; US Army, Korea, 77th Special Forces (Green Berets)

John Morrison (101) – Moose Jaw, CAN; RC Army, WWII, 1st Survey Regiment

Gerard Simpson – Staten Island, NY; US Army, Vietnam, 82nd + 101st Airborne Divisions, Purple Heart

Bill Wingett – Salem, OR; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, Co. E/506/101st Airborne Division, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on October 19, 2020, in WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 114 Comments.

  1. I really love that War Weary one by Jack Fellows, incredible to imagine how many people were affected by those world events

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  2. All such good artists. I read the Wikipedia page about Tom Lea, whom I’d never heard of. He was very talented and prolific. Thank you for introducing these interesting people to me.

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  3. Fantastic artwork! Thank you, GP!

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  4. Cool

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  5. Thanks for more fantastic artwork-and my son really enjoyed the “Military Humor” with the mortar/ baseball game 😀

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  6. Navy art is powerful. Two stories: Hubby’s brother was an artist and his painting “On Watch” hangs at the Pentagon, 70’s era on a Destroyer. Our son was deeply moved by an art piece of a Marine Corps medic. I will never forget that day at the Art Gallery. Military art is a wonderful thing.

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  7. Reblogged this on John's Notes and commented:
    More good WWII artwork from GP Cox

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  8. Vooral de eerste face to face is indrukwekkend

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  9. I found the flame thrower particularly scary, G. –Curt

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  10. This is an exciting narrative, GP. Plus a stunning variety of styles in the artwork. “Peleliu Invaded” has a startlingly modern feeling to me, and the Saipan scene is very vivid. The tropical watercolors felt unexpectedly pleasing, considering the circumstances. All in all, a terrific post. Hugs on the wing!

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  11. I loved the baseball players using a mortar as a pitcher. I bet that wasn’t real.

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  12. The artists certainly captured the feeling of war in those paintings. They really help one understand the feelings of the men who were involved as well.

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  13. Wonderful artwork so expressive, GP. The emotions are felt in each one.
    Thank you for sharing, Lauren

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  14. The art work is relevant to me, as you know. I appreciated your post today more than usual–I’m on ground, deep in the jungle. Your paratrooper shots gave me a different perspective. Thanks!

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  15. Hi and thanks for sharing! Wishing you a great day…⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  16. Do you happen to know if any of these artists ever were involved in the production of U.S. postage stamps? My dad was a stamp collector, as you know, and there was a time when fabulous artistry and a sense of history’s importance combined to produce truly exquisite stamps. Some of these in this post and previous ones remind me of some of those best wartime stamps.

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    • I know that a Pearl Harbor stamp was made for the 75th Anniversary from a painting by Craig Nelson. But nothing I can locate from the others. Other countries have drawings for their stamps, but they may have been locally commissioned, I’m not certain.

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  17. It’s difficult for a kiwi to comprehend the sheer scale sometimes … Arlington, and the Vietnam Memorial wall. And I don’t think that many folks look behind the names and see the families and the settings …

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  18. I loved the pictures especially the Japanese paratroopers, but my first prize goes to the USMC in the Marshall Islands. The artist has captured those looks of wariness, even fear, extremely well, but has also managed to give them expressions of confidence in their own ability to deal with anything that may come along.

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  19. This group of paintings has quite a variation of styles in terms of look and feel. Do you know if it was typical for these artists to paint during downtime or from memory?

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  20. These are amazing – loved the “War Weary” one!

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  21. GP, I love old WWII posters and their stories. I remember in my kid years seeing them in the post office. An Army recruiting nurses poster caught my eye. It looked glamorous to me, a 5 years old, and I wanted to be a nurse. Thanks, GP. 🇺🇸 Keep America Great! Christine

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  22. I am REALLY enjoying the artwork, GP! Thank you for sharing it!
    Each piece is unique and has a powerful message!
    I am so grateful for artists all around the world who capture life as they have experienced it…and they so often put images to the thoughts and feelings we have, too. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  23. Some of these works are truly exceptional, including the Japanese ones. Thank you for sharing, GP.

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  24. Beautiful art, GP. Thanks.

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  25. These paintings are impressive, they capture the essence of historical events in a way that only art can.

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  26. It’s great to see some Japanese art included in this series, GP. Always interesting to see the ‘other side’.
    Best wishes, Pet.

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  27. Reblogged this on Subli and commented:
    Great WWII paintings!

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  28. Great Art Show! Reminds me of Mort Kunstler although he paints mostly about the Civil War.

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  29. I love this series of pictures you’re posting, GP. RT.

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  30. They are looking much more like movie posters. In my opinion not as sad as the former paintings. Thank you for sharing, GP! Have a beautiful week! Michael

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  31. The art is really wonderful! 😊

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  32. I enjoy these so much. The artwork is fantastic. Thank you for sharing them.

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  33. These have been amazing images to behold. The one I keep going back to contemplate is “War Weary” by Jack Fellows. There’s the contrast of technologies and the perspective view of the airplane that is profound.

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    • Isn’t that fantastic? I really like that one myself. My father, Smitty, had told me of the drastic contrasts between the natives and the world of machines and technology that they were forced to be inflicted with.

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  34. My father, Thomas F. Wills was part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Thanks, GP

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  35. These are wonderful! I saved “Peleliu Invaded, Sept. 1944, By: Tom Lea” since my father was there. Thank you so much, GP!

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  36. I’ve really enjoyed this series, GP. It’s amazing, the way these paintings capture the full moment so much better than a photograph.

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  37. Some great pieces there GP.

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