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Craig Kodera - MEMPHIS BELLE AND DAUNTLESS DOTTY (CO -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Craig Kodera

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Limited Edition of: 1250
Image Size: 13 3/4"w x 10 3/4"h.
Published: September 1992

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Everybody in the know who hears the name "Bob Morgan" immediately thinks "Memphis Belle." That's a given. Morgan flew the "Memphis Belle," the first airplane which finished the required 25 missions over Europe. But what most people didn't know was that Bob continued his career throughout the rest of the war. After he finished his missions in Europe with the 8th Air Force, he went over for training with the 20th Air Force in the Pacific.

Morgan flew the "Dauntless Dotty" under the command of Curtis LeMay, known as the father of strategic bombing. Bob took part in the first mission over the Japanese home island since the Doolittle Raid in 1942. That was 1944, when we finally went back and "Dauntless Dotty" was number one in the squadron and on the flight. Actually, Brigadier General Emmett O'Donnell was mission commander but Bob Morgan was the airplane commander. The "Dauntless Dotty" was the flagship of the whole operation and since this was the first bombing missions since 1942, they said, "Well, we're going to send the general along and he's going to run the whole show" - but he did it from Bob's airplane.

Countersigned by Colonel Robert K. Morgan

Craig Kodera
Aviation is this artistís living. Painting is a joy and a choice; not his career. Craig Kodera career is as an airline pilot, so each of his paintings reflect an intimate knowledge of how it feels to fly and what it looks like out the cockpit. "I paint what I see," he says,"and my office window is at 35,000 feet." An appreciation of aviation came easy, since Kodera was raised in what he terms an "aviation family," which included an uncle who flew with the famous Doolittle Raiders during World War II. At an age when most teens were trying to ace the driverís test, Kodera had earned his private pilotís license. A love of painting also came early. Kodera started seriously studying it at fourteen. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications and spent a year as a commercial artist before joining the Air Force Reserve, where he was assigned to the Air Rescue Service and then the Strategic Air Command. There his knowledge of air war history grew while he logged literally thousands of hours flying. Eventually Kodera left the service and joined American Airlines. When he isnít flying, heís usually painting. His artwork is part of the Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum permanent collection and hangs in many museums. He is also the charter vice president of the American Society of Aviation Artists, a member of the Air Force Art Program and serves with the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.


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