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Keith Ferris - TOO LITTLE TOO LATE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Keith Ferris

Original Retail Price $245.00

Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 28 1/2"w x 21 3/8"h.
Published: September 1991

News of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor reached General Douglas MacArthur's Headquarters in Manila very early Monday Morning, December 8, 1941. U.S. forces were placed on alert for possible Japanese attacks on the Philippines. Lt. Joseph Moore, Commander of the 20th Squadron, stood by his P-40 waiting word from High Command, when at 12:35 PM a large force of aircraft approached from the Northwest. Moore immediately ordered his fighters into the air.

Just airbourne, he looked back to see the entire field erupt in dust and smoke as bombs from fifty-four Japanese bombers marched across quarters, barracks, hangers and grass runways. Of all his squadron, only two P40s were with him. Two had been destroyed during the take-off roll and the rest as they were taxiing.

Climbing for altitude, Joe Moore and his wingmen engaged nine Zeros west of Clark, destroying three. Responding to calls for help, two new P40Es from Nichols Field, south of Manila, arrived. Diving to attack, Lt. Sam Grashio received the fire of another Zero from above. Petty Officer First Class Saburo Sakai registered hits on Grashio's aircraft, claiming his first victory over an American adversary in World War II.

Countersigners: Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Moore, Col. Samuel C. Grashi and Lt. (jg) Saburo Sakai.

Keith Ferris
An artistís career can rest on the simplest of things. For Keith Ferris, it was an allergic condition which kept him from becoming a pilot for the Air Force. But he didnít let that stop him from making his love of aviation his life. Instead, he channeled his energy and enthusiasm into becoming an aviation lecturer, historian, model-builder, inventor and artist known for his scrupulous accuracy of aircraft and events. It also didnít keep him from flying all over the world in almost every type of jet aircraft possble. His knowledge of the industry and passion for sharing the thrill of flight was all in the family. He was the son of an Air Force officer and grew up on military bases in the U.S. and England. He majored in aeronautical engineering at Texas A&M University and enrolled in the Air Force ROTC. Since then he has painted for almost every major defense contractor in America and completed a variety of commissions for the U.S. Government, both practical and creative. He holds the patents for five air combat camouflage paint schemes and painted two twenty-five by seventy-five-foot murals for the Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He has been elected a life member of the Society of Illustrators and the Order of Daedalians, the national fraternity of military pilots. He is Honorary Air Force Art Chairman, past executive vice president of the Society of Illustrators and founder as well as past president of the American Society of Aviation Artists.


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