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William S. Phillips - NEXT TIME GET ´EM ALL -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by William S. Phillips

Original Retail Price $225.00
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Limited Edition of: 15000
Image Size: 20 3/4"w x 28"h.
Published: October 1986

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Shortly after 9 a.m., 20 December 1941, on an airfield near Hanoi, ten Ki-21 type 97 heavy bombers roar skyward to deliver a load of bombs on Kunming. However, they were never to reach their destination. An intricate network of early warning communications had located them and tracked their progress as they approached the target. Approximately 130 kilometers from Kunming, the American Volunteer Group 1st and 2nd squadrons were alerted to intercept them. During the battle that was to follow, six of the ten bombers were destroyed and of the four that turned for home, only one made it back to safety.

This was to be a great morale boost to the beleaguered Flying Tigers during those last trying months of 1941. Upon hearing of the victory, General Chennault was heard to explain to one of the pilots, "Next Time Get 'Em All."

The painting depicts Bob Neale and his wingman W.E. Bartling during a diving attack on the Ki-21s. Bob Neale accounted for one of the victories during this action and went on to become the American Volunteer Group's top scoring ace.

Countersigners: Squadron Leader Robert H. Neale, Vice Squadron Leader Charles R. Bond, Flight Leader John R. Rossi, Flight Leader Fritz E. Wolf, Armorer Donald L. Rodewald, Squadron Leader David Lee Hill, Flight Leader Robert B. Keeton, Flight Leader Robert C. Moss, Flight Leader C. H. Laughlin, Flight Leader Ken A. Jernstedt.

William S. Phillips
Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology and had been accepted into law school when four of his paintings were sold at an airport restaurant. That was all the incentive he needed to begin his work as a fine art painter. Bill Phillips is now a renowned aviation artist and the landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill's strengths as a landscape painter, a respect and reverence for a time and place, help him when painting aviation as well as classic landscapes. Phillips often spends days observing landscape subjects. Finding companionship with the land, he is able to convey the boundlessness of nature on the painted canvas inspiring a reverence for the natural landscape in its beholders. After one of his paintings was presented to King Hussein of Jordan, Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He developed sixteen major paintings, many of which now hang in the Royal Jordanian Air Force Museum in Amman. The Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum presented a one-man show of Phillipsí work in 1986. He is one of only a few artists to have been so honored. In 1988, Phillips was chosen to be a U.S. Navy combat artist. For his outstanding work, the artist was awarded the Navyís Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Associationís Americanism Medal. At the prestigious annual fund raiser for the National Park Service, Billís work has been included in the Top 100 each year he has entered the competition and his work has won the Art History Award twice. Phillips was selected as the Fall 2004 Artist in Residence at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and tapped by the U.S. Postal Service to paint the stamp illustrations and header design for a pane of twenty stamps in 1997 entitled Classic American Aircraft. He was chosen again in 2005 for a pane of twenty stamps (ten designs) entitled American Advances in Aviation. Billís major collection of aviation art, Into the Sunlit Splendor, was published by The Greenwich Workshop Press in 2005.


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