Painting to Commemorate Doolittle Raid of WWII
March 24, 2009
McDermott Library’s Special Collections will hold a public unveiling of a work by painter William S. Phillips titled “Rising to the Storm,” 1:30-3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
Attending the Event
The 4-by-6-foot painting donated by William Caswell Ward features a dynamic rendering of the James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle Raid in 1942.
The painting will be displayed in a space overlooking the desk, chair, bookshelves, awards and other personal effects of the late Gen. Doolittle, whose archives were donated to the library in 1993.
The event will include a briefing by C.V. Glines (Col. USAF, Ret.), historian for the Doolittle Raiders and a reception.
Ward has donated other miscellaneous aircraft items to the History of Aviation Collection in Special Collections.
“While the strength of our aviation collection is found in our extensive research documents, impressive visual items such as “Rising to the Storm” provide an added emphasis to the importance of this history,” said Paul Oelkrug, C.A., coordinator of Special Collections. “We are most grateful to William Ward for his donation of original art that fits perfectly in the Doolittle corner of aviation history.”
Phillips began painting World War II aircraft when he was in the U.S. Air Force. In 1988 he was chosen to be a U.S. Navy combat artist and was presented the Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award. He lives in Ashland, Ore.