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Break in Weather
Oil on canvas
28" x 22"
"Of course, we would be delighted to accept your painting and I can assure you that it will find its way into the permanent exhibition of our Museum."
Dr. Helmut Trotnow, OBE
Der Direktor
Das AlliiertenMuseum, Berlin
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Break in Weather
Break in Weather.
Oil on Canvas
34” x 28”
“Break In Weather” was one of thirty-two exhibited by the United States Air Force Art Program in Berlin, Germany. The original painting now hangs in the USAFE HEADQUATERS, GERMANY
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.

Break in Weather
The amazing success and spirit with which the Allies met the blockade of Berlin is the inspiration for this painting.

Grounded many hours by radar-proof weather, an American pilot steps outside to study the conditions while the anxiously awaiting people listen for the sound of airplane motors to break the deadly silence. Thankfulness shows in his eyes as he looks up and sees a sudden break in the weather, knowing flights will resume carrying coal, food, raw materials and medicine to blockaded Berlin.

The red noses of the Douglas C-54s lead to the distant control tower, barely visible in the passing storm.

Remembering this Airlift is to gain wisdom and understanding in the lesson: TO BE CONSTANTLY STEADFAST IN THE PRICELESS GIFT OF FREEDOM’S RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER GOD. I expressed this victorious spirit through one of the pilots, my brother, who flew coal from Fassberg. His comment is notable here. “I did not get tired doing the job. It was exhilarating helping!” His son, Bud, modeled for the painting in 1972, twenty-three years later.

This spirit of action vividly reminds me of the words of Christ. “I was hungry and you gave me meat, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came unto me.” St. Matthew 25:35,36

Some responses from the Berlin Airlift Painting, Break in Weather

March 31, 1975
Dear Miss Barnes:

"I am sending you a copy of Over the Hump, the book General Tunner wrote. I wish for you to have this for your own.

Many thanks for your letter and congratulations for your excellent painting. I am writing this letter for General Tunner."

Ann Tunner
(Mrs. W. H.)
General William H. Tunner was the Commander of the Berlin Airlift

July 17, 1973
Dear Miss Barnes:

"Thank you for the prints. I think they show that the portrait has caught the spirit of those who flew the airlift under all conditions and made it succeed. They were a grand lot."

Lucius D. Clay
General, Retired, U.S. Army

September 5, 1973
Dear Miss Barnes:

"I cannot let our correspondence end without thanking you most sincerely for your Break in Weather painted as a tribute to the men who flew the Berlin Airlift. It is a worthy tribute."

Lucius D. Clay
General, Retired, U.S. Army

There is a plaque placed on General Clay's grave overlooking the Hudson River from the grateful citizens of Berlin with those heartfelt words.

Wir danken dem Bewahrer unserer Freiheit.

"We thank the Defender of our Freedom."
English translation.

February 28, 1974
Dear Miss Barnes:

"This is a special word to thank you for your recent letter and enclosed photograph of your work, "Break in Weather." I sincerely appreciate your sending this to me and I am greatly impressed by your fine talent. Again my appreciation for your thoughtfulness and with warm good wishes, I am your friend."

John C. Stennis
United States Senator, Mississippi

January 30, 1974
Dear Miss Barnes:

"Your painting, Break in Weather, about the Berlin Airlift is particularly meaningful since I was in Germany in 1948 and some of our TROA staff participated in the Airlift. May you have success in your artistic endeavors."

Minter L. Wilson, Jr.
Colonel, Retired, U.S. Army
Editor, The Retired Officer Magazine

November 8, 1974
Dear Miss Barnes:

"General Bradley requested that I extend to you his appreciation for your thoughtfulness in sending him your card and painting about the Berlin Airlift. You are to be commended for your beautiful piece of artistry."

Miss Lucille B. Stoudt
Secretary to General of the Army, Omar N. Bradley

April 18, 1974
Dear Miss Barnes:

"Thank you for your recent letter. I particularly appreciate your sending along a photograph of your painting, Break in Weather. I wear the wings of an aviator, with many hours of flying in my flight log; consequently, it has a particular meaning to me.

I was pleased to have had the opportunity to express my thoughts in The Upper Room and, like you, I am deeply aware of how fortunate we Americans are for the religious freedom we enjoy in this great nation of ours."

T. H. Moorer
Admiral, U.S. Navy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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