Fuel State Critical - Outcome in Doubt
by William S. Phillips
The Raider’s carrier task force (TF-16) was spotted by Japanese vessels well before they arrived at the intended departure point so the Raiders were forced to launch from the carrier Hornet earlier than planned. Fuel calculations now fell short of the planned amount needed for their destination, Chuchow, China. Their arrival in China would be at night, rather than during daylight as originally planned. Fortunately, sailors on the Hornet filled ten, five-gallon gas cans and passed them hand-to-hand to each aircraft, providing the fuel that made the difference between pitching at sea and coming down over land.
In this, William S. Phillips most recent historical documentation on the Doolittle Raid, General Doolittle and his crew in aircraft 02344 break into a momentary area of clear sky. The last rays of sunlight bring only slight hope that they will survive their ordeal, as their fuel levels continue to fall and the hour of landfall is uncertain.
Fuel State Critical—Outcome in Doubt is countered-signed by four of the Doolittle Raiders. The signing of the print took place at their April 2010 reunion in Dayton, OH. They include the Crew 1 co-pilot of Doolittle’s plane (the B-25 depicted here), Colonel Richard E. Cole, Lt. Colonel Robert L. Hite of Crew 16, Major Thomas Carson Griffin of Crew 9 and Staff Sergeant David J. Thatcher of Crew 7.
Phillips’ Personal Commission Edition of the previous Raiders Fine Art Edition, Toward a Setting Sun, reached an edition size of 298. Given that there are only 100 in the edition of Fuel State Critical—Outcome in Doubt, this piece of history won’t last long!
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée
limited to 100 s/n.
24"w x 12"h.
The Dream Fulfilled, Where the Love Light Shines
by William S. Phillips
“It’s the holiday season of December 1945 in a small town somewhere in the U.S.,” says artist’s
William S. Phillips. “The celebration is even more special this year because the war is finally over
and the three generations of the family I’ve been portraying in my previous paintings If Only in
My Dreams and A Christmas Leave, When Dreams Come True are finally reunited for good.”
The son, who has been fighting in the war, walks up the steps to his grandparents’ home with
his fiancée, followed by the loyal dog that waited for him in If Only in My Dreams and rode with
him on his way to propose marriage in A Christmas Leave. The Beechcraft Staggerwing in the
distance, the classiest of classic planes, found years of post-war service in civilian transport.
William S. Phillips completes one pilot’s story in this seasonal, nostalgic painting from his American Homefront Series in which the change in mood and direction of the war is reflected
at home as the series progresses. Contact your authorized Greenwich Workshop dealer for
availability of his other Fine Art Editions to complete your American Homefront set.
Greenwich Workshop Anniversary Edition Fine Art Giclée
edition not exceed 150 s/n.
32"w x 15"h.