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Through Our Parents' Eyes

Military Aircraft Nose Art: An American Tradition

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
New Guinea, 1942-1946

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nose art: Margie
nose art: Hardships

nose art: Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy
nose art: grass skirt
Grass skirt

nose art: sexy pilot
Sexy Pilot
nose art: Double Trouble
Double Trouble

nose art: Target For Tonight
Target For Tonight

The B-24 Liberator (left) was an American heavy bomber developed for the U.S. Army Air Corps for use in WW II. Notice the incredible number of hits painted as bombs above "Moby Dick." Read the Wikipedia article on the Liberator. We believe this plane was part of the 320th Squadron (Whale Tale). The image on the right identifies this plane as part of the U.S 5th AirForce 90th Bomb group's Jolly Rogers -- twin-tail insignia of a huge skull surmounting two crossed bombs. Visit the Jolly Rogers' website and read a story about a B-24D Liberator bomber nicknamed "Ready, Willing and Able," which disappeared in a thunderstorm March 5, 1944, over Papua New Guinea. It's tail was found 43 years later by European tourists trekking over a mountain range in New Guinea's Mandang province. View 320th Squadron Patches

B-17 Flying Fortress "Moby Dick"
B-24 Liberator "Moby Dick"

Jolly Rogers
Jolly Rogers

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