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Dauntless Against A Rising Sun by William S. Phillips
“This painting contains everything I like about symbolic aviation art. It’s full of symbolism as two SBD-3s-S-9 and S-11 of VS-5-fly from the USS 'Yorktown' aircraft carrier against the dark clouds of war and a rising sun, the symbol of the Japanese empire. In this case, the sun is symbolic of hope and the dawn of a new day as the tide turns in the Pacific at the Battle of Midway in June of 1942.

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The name of the painting, "Dauntless Against a Rising Sun," was a natural. A SBD dive-bomber was referred to as a “Dauntless” and the two in this painting capture the spirit of the U.S. forces in those dark days after the initial Japanese victories in the Pacific." - William S. Phillips
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Aviation art with a difference - A Ukrainian Air Force MiG-29 pilot wears a helmet decorated with artwork showing the Soviet fighter ace Ivan Kozhedub shooting down a German Me 262 jet fighter.
Source: Ukrainian Ministry of Defence
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Too Little Too Late by Keith Ferris
Pearl Harbor wasn't the only place that was attacked on December 7, 1941. Across the International Date Line - making it officially December 8th - lay Clark Field in the Philippines, which was pounded by Japanese "Betty" Bombers, then strafed by Zeroes.

Some American pilots managed to counterattack, two such heroes, LT. General USAF (Ret.) Joseph Moore and Colonel USAF (Ret.) Sam Grashio, are pictured in Keith Ferris' "Too Little Too Late".

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Remember Pearl Harbor! by Robert Taylor
Aichi D-3A1 dive bombers from the Japanese carrier Kaga concentrate their attack on the battleship Nevada, already holed by torpedoes and beached at Hospital Point. The destroyer Shaw is on fire, and behind her the battleship Pennsylvania, the cruiser Helena, and the Base Force Flagship Argonne, can be seen in the turmoil of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
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𝙎𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙖𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙗𝙮 𝘼𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙮 𝘾𝙤𝙬𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙
A Short Singapore of 205 Squadron RAF flies over Hill Street on the island of Singapore, circa late 1930s. The building in the background is the Central Fire Station.
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MiG21 by Shigeo Koike, boxart for Eduard model
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𝗚𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘃𝘀 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗮-𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝘆 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿
World War 2 came to Scandinavia on 30 November 1939 when the Soviets invaded Finland.

This Soviet move was a direct result of a non-interference pact between Stalin and Hitler, signed in August 1939. This so-called Winter War was to last four months, and ended with a peace treaty in which Finland was forced to cede territory to increase the buffer zone around the Soviets' second city of Leningrad.

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In this background, Hitler launched Operation Weserubung, the invasion of Norway, on 9 April 1940.

Strategically, the occupation of Norway enabled him to block threats against the German Baltic coast, secure a route for high-grade Swedish iron ore and Finnish nickel, obtain access to Norwegian natural resources and to counter against British control of Scandinavia and the North Atlantic.

Having so secured his northern flank, Hitler launched Operation Gelb, the invasion of France, Belgium and the Netherlands on 10 May 1940. For a while, the German success in the Low Countries and in France lessened the strategic importance of Norway, but with the commencement of Operation Barbarossa - the German invasion of Soviet Russia on 22 June 1941 - Scandinavia assumed a greater strategic importance. The Finns joined the Germans and launched their own offensive against Russia in July 1941 to re-capture ceded territory in Karelia.

For the next four years, Norway was the base of operations by the Luftwaffe and the Kriegsmarine against the all-important supply convoys to Murmansk, which the Germans failed to capture or to isolate.

Against this background, Jagdgeschwader 5 (JG-5) Eismeer (Ice Sea) was formed in January 1942 to carry out aerial operations in this northern region: I.Gruppe was based in Sola-Stavanqer to defend against Allied attacks on German shipping; II & III Gruppen were based in Petsamo in northern Finland in support of operations over Murmansk and Karelia; IV Gruppe was created later in 1942, based at Trondheim as air activities increased against the Arctic convoys to Murmansk.

By January 1943, I & IV Gruppen were in southern Norway, at the airbases at Lista, Sola, Kjevik and Herdla, with June 1943 seeing JG-5 at its maximum strength with 14 Staffeln, comprising 12 Staffeln of single-engined fighters equipped with Bf109s and Fw190s, one Bf110 Zerstorerstaffel and an armoured-up Fw190A Jabo unit. In late 1943, however, I & III Gruppen left Norway and Finland for good, fighting the rest of the war elsewhere.

By the end of the war, JG-5 had amassed over 3,000 victories at a cost of 300 pilots lost over the 3 years of operations. Well-known aces include Heinrich Ehrler (208 victories) and Waiter Schuck (206 victories), both of whom flew Me262 jets with JG-7 at war's end.

In this print, Barry Spicer depicts in the reflected late Winter light, a rotte of Gustavs circling over Sola-Stavanger looking for a break in the persistent ground fog, in late 1944.

The lead aircraft is a Bf109G-14 flown by Ofw Heinz Halstrick of 16/JG-5 of IV Gruppe. Ofw Halstrick's aircraft carries his personal emblem comprising "Kolle alaaf', a traditional Cologne greeting, below the city emblem of Koln, his home town, and the Jagerpfeil.

Ofw Halstrick flew with IV JG-5 from the summer of 1943 until the end of the war acquiring an impressive tally of 13 victory claims and the destruction of one ship.
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IJN Mitsubishi F1M2 "Pete" vs Royal Netherlands Naval Aviation Service Dornier Do 24
Digital Art by Jerry Boucher
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Sand Shark by Randall Scott
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March Of The Brass Wranglers by Chris Hopkins
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