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"The Beginning of the End" by William S. Phillips

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The Beginning of the End
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"The Beginning of the End" by William S. Phillips

The Beginning of the End
by William S. Phillips

"The flight of the 'Enola Gay' and the capture of the island of Iwo Jima were two of the most significant events of World War II. I wanted, in some small way, to pay tribute to those who captured that island fortress even as I paid homage to the United States Army Air Forces and the crew of the 'Enola Gay' for the mission. Both events hastened the end of the war and made the invasion of the Japanese homeland unnecessary."

Crewmembers with Colonel Paul Tibbets completed several missions against Nazis in Germany before participating in the invasion of North Africa. A third, dramatic change occurred when Tibbets was named leader of the 509th Composite Group. He and an elite crew transitioned from the B-17 Flying Fortress to the largest aircraft flown during World War II, the B-29 Superfortress. The transition was cloaked in secrecy. The aircraft itself was designed to specifications calling for a bomber capable of flying 5,000 miles, at 400 mph and carrying 20,000 pounds in bombs. The requirements were extraordinary in the late 1930s. In 1934, Boeing engineers designed the Model 299 that became the XB-15 and the B-17. By 1936, Boeing engineers worked on an updated XB-15, Models 330 through 334A. It wasn’t until 1939 that Model 341 came along with an improved wing.

By then war drums were sounding across the Atlantic. Soon after, analysis of enemy bombers was possible and reaction to the findings pressed Boeing to follow the B-17 with a strengthened bomber that would be long-range and equipped with more, and higher caliber, machine guns and self-sealing fuel tanks. Sharing Billy Mitchell’s vision of airpower’s destiny, General H.H. “Hap” Arnold exhibited a bulldog’s tenacity to implement the bomber. The United States Army Accessions Command (USAAC) was so desperate for this aircraft to fulfill the specs that the XB-29 was ordered in massive quantity before the prototype flew. It boasted innovations—an advanced gunnery system and pressurization—but it had difficulties from the start. Development was arduous. The first planes arrived in India in April 1944, and missions were plagued with engine failures, aborted takeoffs, and poor results. Logistics was a nightmare. Nevertheless, by March 9-10, 1945, 302 B-29s flew the first raid against Tokyo. By April 12, Japan’s aircraft engine industry was virtually gone. Surrender was no option for Japan, but Enola Gay and Bock’s Car forced the issue. The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a major contributor to Japan’s defeat.


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Greenwich Workshop
Anniversary Edition
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 50 s/n.
30"w x 20"h.
$450


"The Beginning of the End" by William S. Phillips

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About William S. Phillips

Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology and he 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 the aviation artist of choice for many American heroes and the nostalgic landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill’s strengths as a landscape painter are what gave him an edge in the aviation field: respect and reverence for a time and place. When one sees his aviation pieces, thoughts are about the courageous individuals who risked their lives for our freedom. In Bill’s landscapes, the viewer understands fully what that freedom is . . . the precious values that make life worth living.

After one of his paintings was presented to King Hussein of Jordan, Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordanian Air Force to create sixteen major paintings, many of which now hang in the Royal Jordanian Air Force Museum in Amman. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum presented a one-man show of Phillips’ 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 Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Americanism Medal. At least one of Phillips’ works was chosen in the top 100 each time he entered “Art for the Parks,” the prestigious annual fund-raiser for the National Park Service, and he received the Art History Award from the National Park Foundation several times.

September 11, 2001, hit Phillips very hard emotionally. Out of his distress came the painting A Prayer for My Brother. Fine art prints of this piece have been placed in many fire departments across the country, with a portion of the proceeds going to help families of fallen firefighters.

In 2004, he was chosen by the National Park Service to be the first Artist in Residence at the Grand Canyon where his assignment included paintings to interpret the park’s purpose as a place of pleasure and its importance as a national treasure.

He is regularly invited to participate in the annual Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, an invitational for the top artists in the US. Bill is currently working on a large project documenting the Los Angeles Fire Department which will be placed in their museum. In October, 2013, the artist was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor, along with Doolittle Raider co-pilot Robert Emmen
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