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Military Aircraft Nose Art: An American Tradition

From the Collection of Lt. Col. Frank Cline, USMC
22nd Bombardment Group, Pacific Theater

Aircraft details provided by Bill Cline from research on the 22nd Bomb Group and Acepilots websites

Round Trip Ticket USA Tokyo; 42-100193
This aircraft was flown from California by Lt. Charles I. Kendig in January 1944 and assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group. [22nd Bomb Group]

Round Trip Ticket USA Tokyo; 42-100193
s/n44-41538 22BG 33BS, Blew a tire on landing Okinawa, ran off the runway & broke in two 26AUG45. [Acepilots]

Red Hot Riden Hood; 42-100202
After encountering the prop wash of preceedidng planes while taking off at Biak, the pilot lost control, made a hard landing and the plane caught fied and burned. The co-pilot suffered burn injuries. Pilot: Lt. Wesley E. Gatewood. [22nd Bomb Group]

Red Hot Riden-Hood II; 44-40402
Flying from Anquar on 4 January 1945 this aircraft participated in a strike on Mabalacat Strip #2 at Clark Field. Pilot was Lt. F. A. Chaplain. Nose art was the work of Sgt. Charles R. Chestnut. [22nd Bomb Group]

Red Hot Riden-Hood II; 44-40402
s/n 44-40402 22BG 33BS, Renamed RHRH III and salvaged in-theatre at war’s end. [Acepilots]

Red Hot Riden-Hood III
This nose art appears to be Red Hot Riden-Hood II with the Roman numeral II converted to a III. [22nd Bomb Group]

Missleading; 42-100204
On her 99th mission, #204 was badly shot up. Four men were wounded, the pilot and co-pilot severely. Nursed back by the co-pilot with the help of the bombardier, the plane was crash-landed with no nose wheel at Laoag Strip in Northern Luzon with no further injuries to crew. Pilot: Lt. Charles E. Critchfield [22nd Bomb Group]

Missleading; 42-100204 s/n 42-100204, 22BG 19BS
After 99 missions crash landed Laoagg, PI, with combat damage sustained over Formosa. [Acepilots]

Shoo Shoo Baby; 42-109984
Reportedly the most famous of the sqaudron's B-24s, Shoo Shoo Baby made a forced landing on 6 May 1945 in a dry rice paddy near Clark Field after a strike on Kiirun, Formosa. She was said to have been the longest serving and the last in the Group of the camouflaged B-24s with 80 plus combat missions at the time of her crash. [22nd Bomb Group]

Shoo Shoo Baby; 42-109984 s/n 42-100084, note the "Red Raiders" shield to the right of "ShooShoo Baby." [Acepilots]

Queen Ann; 42-110119
By December 1944 she had recrded 45 missions, as still in service at teh end of the war. [22nd Bomb Group]

Queen Ann; 42-110119
s/n 42-110119 22BG 33BS Salvaged in-theatre at war’s end [Acepilots]

Slightly Dangerous; 44-40366
One of 23 B-24s sent out on 4 January 1845 by the Group to destroy enemy aircraft at Matsuyama Air Field, Formosa, this ship was flown by Lt. W. L. Goodrich. At war's end, Slightly Dangerous laid claim to one hundred combat missions. Initially carried the name Gypsy. [22nd Bomb Group]

Slightly Dangerous; 44-40366
Nothing written. [Acepilots]

Star Eyes; 44-40397
In a photo taken shortly before war's end, symbols of bombs representng combat missions completed numbered 100. [22nd Bomb Group]

Star Eyes; 44-40397
Nothing written. [Acepilots]

SHITTININIGITTIN; 44-40799
In late June 1945 the 19th and 33rd Squadrons staged from Clark Field to Puerto Princessa on Palawan for a strike on Singkawang Airdrome, Borneo. A malfunctining engine during Jr. return caused the pilot to brang her down in a field on Balambngan Islandnorth if Borneo. This he did without mishap. After rescue of the crew by a PBY, SHITTININIGITTIN was strafed and burned by lingering P-38s. Last known photo indicates she had flown shows 65 missions. The pilot was Lt. Alysius W. Foley. [22nd Bomb Group]

SHITTININIGITTIN; 44-40799
s/n 44-40799 22BG 33BS, Force landed after engine problems in a field on an island north of Borneo 26JUN45; strafed and burned by P-38s [Acepilots]

Patient Kitten; 44-41031
Exploded after direct hit in bomb bay by A/A during strike on Tainan, Formosa. There were no survivors. Lost were: Lt. George P. Hug, Jr., pilot; Lt. Reed V. Larson, co-pilot; Lt. James T. Sheehan, navigator; F/O Harold B. Smith, bombardier; S/Sgt Alfred C. Knudson, engineer; T/Sgt. Donald L. Crepps, radio; Sgt. Richard B. Carson, asst. engineer; Sgt. Wayne D. Cross, gunner; Sgt. Kasimer A. Kleinot, Jr. gunner; and Sgt. George H. O'Brien, Jr., armorer-gunner. [22nd Bomb Group]

Patient Kitten; 44-41031
s/n 44-41031 22BG 33BS Exploded after a direct AA hit over Taiwan 15APR44 [Acepilots]

Patient Kitten; email message received 25 Nov 2009
I am the nephew of Sgt. Kasimer A. Kleinot, Jr., who was shot down in 1945 (Patient Kitten; 44-41031). I have spoken to my Aunt who is now 98 years old and living in Florida who is the older sister of my Uncle Bunny as he is know to our family, he was the baby of the family at that time, and his body was found and temporarily interred in Formosa in 1945 then soon after his body was moved to Hawaii, then his body was sent to Doylestown, PA and he was the First WWII Body returned to Bucks County PA and He received full military honors and is now buried in the American Legion Lot in The Doylestown, PA Cemetery. When the Body arrived back in PA the Army Air Forces sent a member to visit my Aunt Julie to make arrangements for the military funeral. From speaking to my Aunt Julie she stated that at that time she found out that her brother Sgt. Kasimer A. Kleinot Jr., was the only body of the entire crew to be found from that plane crash. I have spoken to her more on this and found that Sgt. Kasimer A. Kleinot, Jr., was the gunner in the tail of the plane that most likely separated from the rest of the plane.

Liberty Belle II; 44-41234
At war's end Liberty Belle II displayed symbols representing 79 missions. One of them was a strike on Friday 13 July 1945 on the boat basin at Suo Bay, on Formosa's east coast. As had the 408th Squadron before them, the 33rd ships, Liberty Belle II in the lead, came in on a northerly direction from the sea on a long bomb run. And like the 408th, 100% of their half ton bombs landed squarely in the target area. The left string of bombs that destroyed the boats along the shore caused the water to surge ashore like a miniature tidal wave. The center and right strings took out what ever was left of the boat shops. On its return to the basin, the water took the debris from the shops with it. In photos taken following the attack, the shop appeared to be a sandy beach. [22nd Bomb Group]

Liberty Belle II; 44-41234
s/n 44-41234 22BG 33BS, Salvaged after an accident in AUG 45, note the blonde reclining on a bell, pilot 1st Lt. J. C. Tafaro. [Acepilots]

Sleepy Time Gal; 44-41311
Nose art was one of several eye catching paintings decorating the 33rd's Liberators produced by Sgt. Charles Chestnut. [22nd Bomb Group]

Sleepy Time Gal; 44-41311
Nothing written. [Acepilots]

Modest Maiden; 44-41537
Flew into side of Mount Paliwan on Biliran Island near Leyte during routine flight in bad weather. Killed were Lt Charles E. Brammer, pilot; Lt. Clarence E. Wright, co-pilot; F/O Angelo J. Rainteri, navigator; Cpl. Arthur J. Sassani, engineer; Cpl. Leslie E. Mathews, radio operator; and Lt. RalphL. Anderson, passenger. [22nd Bomb Group]

Modest Maiden; 44-41537
s/n 44-41527 22BG 19BS Flew into a mountain on an island near Leyte in bad weather on 26MAR45 [Acepilots]

Daddy's Girl; 44-41852
Nothing written. [22nd Bomb Group]

Daddy's Girl; s/n 44-41852 22BG 33BS, Survived the war, returned to the US & scrapped [Acepilots]

Maiden Montana
s/n 44-41549, note 40 mission markers and "549" numeral, 5BG 23BS, Missing In Action Mindanao area 15MAR45 [Acepilots]

Red Headed Woman
s/n 44-41645 5BG 31BS Salvaged in-theatre at war’s end. [Acepilots]

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