National Geographic : 1944 Oct
Painting History in the Pacific © National Geographic Society Oil Painting by Lt. William F. Draper, USNIl "Man Your Battle Stations!" Galvanizes a Carrier Sailing under Enemy Skies An American task force striking at the Palau Islands, Japan's Gibraltar of the western Carolines, carried a canvas-and-oils witness. He was Lt. William F. Draper, USNR, who made these 19 paintings for the Navy's records. His "Navy Artist Paints the Aleutians" appeared in the August, 1943, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE and his "Jungle War" in April, 1944. Here he shows General Quarters on the day before the strike. Some 600 miles east of the Philippines, the task force has just been detected by enemy planes. As sirens shriek the alarm, 5-inch and 40-mm. guns probe the sky. Their eyes, a range finder, are in operation. Avenger torpedoplanes are spotted for quick take-off. Zigzagging, the carrier churns a bright wake. An Independence-class carrier follows.