Brian Sanders (British, B. 1937) "First Battle of the Philippine Sea" Oil on Canvas.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting originally appeared on the Republic of the Marshall Islands 50c First Battle of the Philippine Sea 1944 stamp issued June 19, 1994.
By June 1944, Admiral Raymond Spruance, commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet, had assembled the largest naval force ever seen in the Pacific Ocean. Under the command of Vice Admiral Marc Mitscher, this powerful armada was known as Task Force 58. Its job was to support amphibious assaults on Saipan, Tinian and Guam. By June 15, Japanese Combined Fleet Commander Admiral Soemu Toyoda knew a decisive battle would take place near Saipan, where 20,000 U.S. troops had landed. What he did not know was that the Americans had broken Japanese naval codes. Thus, on June 19, when the Japanese launched four air strikes, the U.S. was ready. Out of 373 attacking Japanese aircraft, only 130 returned. For U.S. Hellcat pilots it was "as easy as shooting turkeys."
Image Size: 13.5 x 16.25 in.
Overall Size: 16.25 x 19.75 in.
- By registering to bid for this auction either in-house or online and/or placing a bid in this auction the BIDDER/BUYER agrees to all the terms and conditions of Helmuth Stone Gallery Auctions.
- All silver, gold and/or jewelry lots or invoices containing said lots MUST be paid for via wire transfer or cashier’s check, no other forms of payment will be accepted.
- All sales are final; no refunds will be given under any circumstances.
- Helmuth Stone Gallery provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.
- Online images can sometimes be low quality due to the uploading process, original high-resolution images can be requested via email at HelmuthStone@gmail.com
- We recommend looking into shipping quotes prior to bidding, shipping quotes can take up to a week or more post-sale as we host our auctions through 6 online platforms and shipping can become backlogged, if you would like a list of local shippers please email us directly.
- Our auction catalogs are hosted through multiple online platforms along with phone and in-house bidding. Bids placed on other platforms are not shown through this catalog. Because of this, even if it appears you are the only absentee bid or bidder on a lot, you may already be out bid or may have placed a bid equal to another bidder. Therefore, we always recommend bidding live.