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Penn. Airbase WW2 Cartoon Mural

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by BigEFan, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. BigEFan

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    Not sure where to post this. My dad was drafted into the US Army in 1942. Because of his talent and experience in art he was ordered by General Clark (not Mark Clark, sorry I don't know Clark's first name) at the Middletown, PA air base to paint a mural. The mural was 6 feet high by 100 feet long in the officers club on the Middletown PA base. All my dad did was artwork for the general during WW2. Did anyone see this mural or does anyone know about it? It was similar to the "Flintstones" cartoon about cavemen soldiers at the air base during prehistoric times. At the end of the war, my dad thinks the mural was removed and transported to Texas but was "lost" in transit.
     
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    Ah, the old Middletown Air Depot, it now is home to some of our Air Natial Guard units. I see their EC-130s fly over from trine to time.
     
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    Something is not adding up...Your dad & Clark would have only been at Middletown very very briefly - Clark was given command of the Sacramento Air Depot in December, 1941. If your dad went in in 1942, they only would have had a short time together, as Clark would be in the process of going to Sacramento.
    BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN M. CLARK > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display
    or did your dad follow Clark to Sacramento?

    Or Maybe it was John P. Kirkendall, who would become the deputy CO in October, 1943.
    BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN PHILLIPS KIRKENDALL > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display
     
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    Thanks for the info Takao! I read what you provided about Gen. John M. Clark and it makes me think the biography is not accurate. My dad even painted a caricature of General Clark, but I can't find a photo of him. I suspect that Gen Clark was at the Middletown air base some time after 1943. Thanks for giving me some clues how to track this down.
     

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