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Roy Alba of AlbaPaintings.com

                No Guarantee

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20" X 30" X 1/8", foam board, oil

It's back to the Greatest Generation. The painting is entitled No Guarantee because this sort of mission which is based on a black & white photo had never been tried before. The Doolittle Raiders flew their U.S. Army Air Corp B-25's off  U.S. Navy's U.S.S. Hornet in stormy seas. In January 1942, Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold selected Lt. Col. James (Did-a-lot) Doolittle to lead Special Aviation Project No. 1, the bombing of Japan. Although the Doolittle Raid of April 18, 1942, caused only minor damage, it forced the Japanese to recall combat forces for home defense, raised fears among the Japanese civilians, and boosted morale among Americans and our Allies abroad. The U.S. Army Air Forces chose the B-25 for the Doolittle Raid because it was the only aircraft available with the required range, bomb capacity and short takeoff distance. Sixteen U.S. Army Air Forces B-25B Mitchell medium bombers were launched without fighter escort from the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Hornet deep in the Western Pacific Ocean, each with a crew of five men. The plan called for them to bomb military targets in Japan, and to continue westward to land in China—landing a medium bomber on Hornet was impossible. Fifteen of the aircraft reached China, and the other one landed in the Soviet Union. All but three of the crew survived, but all the aircraft were lost. Eight crewmen were captured by the Japanese Army in China; three of these were executed. The B-25 that landed in the Soviet Union at Vladivostok was confiscated and its crew interned for more than a year. Fourteen crews, except for one crewman, returned either to the United States or to American forces. The song is by Glenn Miller and his orchestra entitled In the Mood.

The Greatest Singer of All Time...
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...Great Britain's Sarah Brightman

When I decided to dedicate this web site to The Greatest Generation I thought I would mostly play 1940's music from the time they were young. Also, the salute I gave to the pretty lady with the magical voice wasn't yet born, nor were many of us.  I still paint to her music and thought which musician could inspire more than Sarah Brightman and her orchestra? She has so many songs I could still pick them to go with the 1940's scenes. This web site gives credit where its due. Why not tell the truth and at the same time give credit to the generation that so well deserves it?

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