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B-24 Nose Art



 

Nose art was used during WWII to boost morale by illustrating loved ones and characters that served as a reminder of home. Nose art varied depending upon the crew’s personal tastes. Some favored cartoon characters, or drawings similar to the style of political cartoons, while others preferred pin-up girls. Like other airmen, the Jolly Rogers decorated the noses of their planes, mostly B-24 Liberators.






Nose Art
The Butcher Boy (serial number: 41-24108).
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Hellzapoppin.
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Heavenly Body.
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Honeymoon Express. Two men presumably assigned to this particular B-24 pose next to the artwork from the cockpit.
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Pretty Baby
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Naughty Blue Eyes.
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Gone With The Wind (serial number: 41-24286).
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The Nipper. This B-24 crashed somewhere en route from Australia to Hamilton Air Force Base, California. It was deemed officially lost on December 19, 1943.
Nose Art
Patched Up Piece. Artwork by Al Merkling
Nose Art
Ready Willing and Able (serial number 42-41078). This B-24 is marked with having participated in 59 bombing missions, and having shot down three enemy fighters and one ship.
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How’m-I-Doin’ (Serial number 42-41223). This B-24 was part of the Jolly Rogers’ 320th Bomb Squadron.
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Margie. The artwork of this B-24 is based on Margie Stewart, the only official U.S. Army pin-up girl.
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Margie. A close-up of the B-24 Margie.
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Star Duster
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The Strip Polka (Serial number: 42-40970).
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American Beauty.
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Jolly Roger Express (serial number: 42-109996).
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Pluto
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Come And Get It. Donald Duck of Disney fame is painted on this B-24. Disney cartoons were commonly used for nose art during WWII.
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Mission Belle(serial number: 42-40389). The crew of the B-24 Mission Belle pose by their plane, which features Hedy Lamar’s character Tondelayo from the 1942 film White Cargo.
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The Redhot Ridinhood. This nose art is a risqué reimaging of the 1943 cartoon character of the same name. The cartoon character was a nightclub singer and the big bad wolf clad in gentlemen’s attire.
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Big Emma (serial number: 41-23715) The large number of bomb and plane decals indicate that this plane has already flown several missions and destroyed several enemy aircrafts.
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Temptation. Temptation was shot down during a mission in the Pacific. Two of its crew were never found.
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The Hangover Haven II. This nose art was drawn and signed by artist Al Merkling.
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Joltin’ Janie (serial number: 42-40233) This B-24 was a part of the 321st bomb squadron.

   


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