6 paintings from 1940s taken from Midway to Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) - Six large 1940s paintings from Midway Atoll are in a new home at the Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor.

The eight-by-twelve foot murals depict scenes symbolic of U.S. involvement in World War II. The images include planes aboard an aircraft carrier, troops storming a beach and a battleship at sea.

They were painted by Victor Nels Solander, whose Seabee unit was stationed on Midway in 1944 and 1945. The paintings hung inside Midway's theater until recently.

Today Midway is a national wildlife refuge.

Refuge manager Sue Schulmeister said in a statement the theater's walls and ceiling have been deteriorating and she knew the paintings would be lost if they weren't moved to a more stable environment.

The murals are on loan to the museum for at least four years.

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