Pacific War in art – 1945

I wish all of the distinguished artists of WWII could have been included – here is the final year of the Pacific War…

“Battle of Luzon” by: Yorozujiro Terauchi, 1945

Mandalay, Burma, by: David Pentland, Feb. ’45

Pacific Glory” by: Nicholas Trudgian

It is March 1945 and the P-38’s of the 475th FG are involved in a huge dogfight with Japanese Zeros over the coast of Indo-China. Flying “Pee Wee V” is Lt Ken Hart of the 431st Fighter Squadron, who has fatally damaged a Zero in a blistering head on encounter. The second P-38L – “Vickie” – belongs to Captain John ‘rabbit’ Pietz, who would end the War as an Ace with six victories.
Signed by three highly decorated P-38 pilots who flew in combat with the 475th Fighter Group in the Pacific theatre during World War II.

‘The Great Tokyo Air Raid’ by: Hashimoto Kimisuke, 10 March ’45, age 7

Raid on China Coast, By: Roy Grinnell April ’45

“Indochina Prisoners of War” by: Donald Friend

‘Ready Room’ by: Tom Lea

“Victoria, Labuan Island” Borneo, July ’45 by: William E. Pigeon

“Standing Guard” by Sgt. John Ruge, USMC, Naha, Okinawa, cover of ‘Yank’ mag.

“Surrender Flight” by: Mike Hagel, 19 Aug. 1945

‘Milk Run to Kyushu’ by: Jack Fellows

 

“USS Missouri Signing” by: Standish Backus, 2 Sept. ’45

Responsibility, But For What? Kyoto Street by: Barse Miller. Army WWII, 28 Sept. ’45

‘Japan Surrender’ by: Howard Brodie (veteran of 3 wars, Bronze Star)

Resources –

IHRA: for their blog and their books and prints

Jack Fellows website

Howard Brodie sketches

“WWII” by: James Jones

“WWII: A Tribute in Art and Literature” by: David Colbert

For the art of Nicholas Trudgian http://www.brooksart.com/Pacificglory.html

Roy Grinnell

https://www.roygrinnellart.com/ Barse Miller

http://www.artnet.com/artists/barse-miller/

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE AND VIEW THE DETAIL.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Lawrence Beller – Bisbee, AZ; US Air Force, Korea, 67th Airborne Reporter Corps

Jack Bray – Madison, WI; US Army, Korea, 82nd Airborne Division + 187th RCT

Adam M. Foti – Moyack, NC; US Navy, Chief Petty Officer, USS Jason Dunham

Juan Garcia – Brownsville, TX; US Army, Vietnam, Sgt. Major (Ret.), Co. E/3/506/101st Airborne Division

John Hoyt – Reading, MA; US Army, Vietnam, 101st Airborne Division

Leon Kneebone – State College, PA, US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, Co F/187/11th Airborne Division

George E. Lineham – Sanbornville, NH; US Army, Korea, 187th RCT

Edward C. Meyer – Arlington, VA; US Army, Korea & Vietnam, General, Army Chief of Staff, West Point grad ’51, Bronze Star, 2 Silver Stars, Purple Heart

Earl Smith Jr. – Oakland, CA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 2nd Lt., 80th Fighter Squadron, P-38 pilot, KIA (Paga Point, New Guinea)

John Waterman (100) – Tunbridge Wells, ENG; Royal Army, Special Boat & Air Services, WWII

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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 22, 2020, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 104 Comments.

  1. Thanks for posting all of these GP. I’ve saved some of them.

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  2. Reblogged this on John's Notes and commented:
    Here is the final post by GP Cox with artwork from WWII Pacific Theater. This has been a great series on his blog and well worth my repeating it.
    ——
    If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest.
    * The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 490 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
    * The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
    * The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

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  3. I was especially moved by ‘The Great Tokyo Air Raid’ by Hashimoto Kimisuke. We tend to forget that the children, too, were witnesses to history, and had their own stories to tell about what happened to them. This really has been a fine series, and part of the reason is that you were so inclusive in the art that you chose to show.

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  4. Their work speaks volumes. Thank you for assembling this art show, GP.

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  5. Finally sitting down to look at these- this post tells the story of 1945 so well though these pieces of art. Thanks for tracking these down and sharing them, G.P.

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  6. I continue to be amazed at the degree of detail that has been wrung out of brushes and pens. Love this art. Thanks again for sharing.

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  7. Thanks for sharing these! It seems like art can bring home the message of just how hard war is so very well.

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  8. Beautiful, chilling, and everything in-between. The “Mandalay, Burma, by: David Pentland, Feb. ’45” has such contrast — the beautiful old (Victorian?) building with tanks and soldiers in the foreground, it feels surreal. Thanks for this amazing series. Hugs on the wing!

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  9. Just wonderful, GP. If any of these works of art in your series are on display at a museum or a gallery, I think readers would want to know. Seeing these paintings – live- would be a treat.

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  10. What a beautiful range of artwork and very evocative.

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  11. You keep finding more great artwork. The last one–Japan Surrender–speaks volumes.

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  12. Great job! Loved the selection and the variety.

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  13. I very much liked ‘The Great Tokyo Air Raid’ by: Hashimoto Kimisuke. I wonder if he went on to become an artist. That’s certainly very talented for a seven year old.

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  14. I’ve noticed on these last few posts of WW2 art, that the planes over water are especially precise, so much so that they look like photographs.. . great talent !

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  15. Thanks for sharing those art work!

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  16. Thanks for organizing and sharing a great series of WWII pictures done by artists at that time. I imagine each could have its own story as to how the artist was connected to the war.

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  17. Another striking set of images, even one from a seven-year-old!

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  18. Reblogged this on Subli and commented:
    Another great WWII Art Show!

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  19. Another great set of WWII paintings! Thanks, GP.

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  20. Another very impressive selection, GP. This was a memorable series indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  21. Another great set, GP. Thanks.

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  22. My apology GP. I haven’t been able to keep up with you.
    Magnificent series of artwork GP.
    Despite of horrors of War we must never forget the Valour and Heroism that you exhibit here.

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  23. Great variety of art and artists. Wonderful series, GP.

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  24. Another great artists. Thank you for sharing again, GP! Its painted history, remembering on very sad situations too.Michael

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  25. I love the last one, Japan Surrender!

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  26. Thanks for this wonderful series. I have seen many airplane paintings over the years but your posts were much more comprehensive. You found some truly great art.

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  27. I have some catching up to do on Pacific Paratrooper GP.

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  28. Enjoyed these art depictions of such a pivotal time in history – so many of these are chilling – or moody – and going back to scroll again – thanks amigo

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  29. This series has been great, and these are no exception. These artists captures glory, sadness, horror, duty and honor. It shines through. Thank you so much for presenting these.

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  30. Werkelijk een uitgebreid aantal kunstenaars die het beste van hun gaven. Fijn er kennis mee gemaakt te hebben

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  31. Wonderful works of art George, lovely post and thank you for bringing to the forefront not only the hard work and suffering of those who fought but also the art prevalent and that illustrated the war to many.
    All the best,
    F.

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  32. I’ve come back for a closer look 🙂

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  33. Thanks again for these, GP

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