far back as I can remember I have had my head and my heart in the sky. My
first flight was in a J-1
Standard with the Gates Flying Circus at Ithaca, New York in 1927.
I later graduated from
Pratt, The Art School, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Six months later I enlisted in the
U.S. Army Air Corps Aviation Cadets. I graduated from flying school five days after Pearl
Harbor as a 2nd Lieutenant and Pilot. Less than a month later I was a co-pilot on a B-17E that departed
MacDill Field at Tampa, Florida and ended up in Java .
My introduction to combat was short lived as by the time
we arrived at Malang, Java, it was time to leave. Japanese Zeroís were destroying our B-17ís
on the ground. I escaped
Java on a Dutch freighter and five days later we landed at Perth,
Australia. I flew bombing
Australia and New Guinea as a member of the 19th New Bomb
Group for the remainder of 1942.. Our most frequent targets were the air
fields at Rabaul and the shipping in Simpson Harbor.
After 24 years of active duty in the USAF, I
retired as a Lt.
Colonel and Command Pilot. My last assignment was Director of Graphic Arts at
the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. preparing
briefing materials for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Secretary of
Defense in their appearances at the White House and before Congressional
committees. I spent an
additional fourteen years as an Office Manager at Comsat (Communications
Satellite Corporation) in Washington, D.C.
When I fully retired, my wife and I moved to Florida and I continued my aviation art.
My paintings have been displayed
in the EAA Air Adventure Museum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin,
in the Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida and in
corporate offices and private collections.
I am an Artist Member of ASAA (American
Society of Aviation Artists).
I prefer to tell stories in my
paintings. I enjoy researching
and painting experiences I have
witnessed in combat. I am attempting to factually record some of the United
States aviation activity in the first year of WWII in the South Pacific.
This was a time when there was some doubt that the Japanese conquest
of the area could be stopped. Not
many paintings exist of the United States Army Air Corps participation in
the futile missions flown from Java or from Port Moresby and Australia in
the first six months of 1942. It was a time when you flew with what you had
and hoped you could do it again.