Nose Art

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Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of a military aircraft, usually located near the nose. While begun for practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice evolved to express the individuality often constrained by the uniformity of the military, to evoke memories of home and peacetime life, and as a kind of psychological protection against the stresses of war and the probability of death. The appeal, in part, came from nose art not being officially approved.

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B-17 Flying Fortress - "Hell's Angels" with Air and Ground Crews.

B-17 Flying Fortress - "Hell's Angels" with Air and Ground Crews.

B-24 Liberator - "Available".

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B-17 Flying Fortress - “Wabbit-Twacks III”.

B-17 Flying Fortress - “Wabbit-Twacks III”.

B-17 Flying Fortress - “Carolina Moon”.

B-17 Flying Fortress - “Carolina Moon”.

B-29 Superfortress - "Poison Ivy".

B-29 Superfortress - "Poison Ivy".

B-24 Liberator - “Our Gal III”, 42-100313 - This aircraft was flown from California by Russel S . Wilson in January 1944 and assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group. Formerly known as 'Special Delivery' she was marked with the letter T on the tail. On 10 March 1944 with Group C. O. Lt. Col. Richard W. Robinson at the controls she led the 22nd's B-24s on their first combat mission against the Japanese. Flew 43 Combat Missions until 12/22/44 when it was damaged in an accident.

B-24 'Our Gal III' 42-100313

This aircraft was flown from California by Russel S . Wilson in January 1944 and assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group. Formerly known as 'Special Delivery' she was marked with the letter T on the tail. On 10 March 1944 with Group C. O. Lt. Col. Richard W. Robinson at the controls she led the 22nd's B-24s on their first combat mission against the Japanese. Flew 43 Combat Missions until 12/22/44 when it was damaged in an accident.

B-24 Liberator - "Peace Offering".

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B-24 Liberator - “Shootin' Star’.

B-24 Liberator - “Shootin' Star’.

Lancaster - “THE ‘ELL CAT”.