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Morning Departure from Mareeba -- $1300.00
18 x 30"
Acrylic paint on gessoed Masonite

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This painting discloses B-17E  #12034 , "Tojo's Physic",  and a crew from the 93rd Squadron, 19th Bomb Group, departing from the USAAC base at Mareeba, Northern Queensland, Australia one morning in August 1942. This B-17 is bound, with others this morning, for 7-Mile Air Strip, our staging air base at Port Moresby, Papua, New Guinea. From there we will spend a few days of bombing missions against the large Japanese air and naval base at Rabaul, New Britain. In the painting, the USAAC tent camp is under the trees located on the right between the Barron River and the road and railroad above. We would go swimming and fishing in the river. Although rather primitive, it was near Cairns, under trees, rather devoid of flies and sand and a far better place to call home than our bases for the previous six months at Cloncurry and Longreach in the Out-Back.