World War II Nose Art and the Crews that Loved to Create It

Nose art made a statement, usually about the pilot or the entire crew. Although the artists tried to make it unique, one of a kind, there were often several “Lonesome Gals” taking to the air over Europe, the Pacific and China/Burma/India. Many planes had no nicknames or faces — or bodies. As can be seen, the majority of nose-art designs revolved around women. The Army Air Corps was, after all, a boy’s club in WWII. And boys will be boys. Regardless, the art was always creative and the puns were always bad.

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Unknown crew. 91st BG. 8th FA. Ack-Ack Annie, B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Capt. Coleman and crew. 490th BG. 8th AF. Baby Bug, Consolidated B-24. England.
Lt. Jacobs and crews. 572nd BS. 391st BG. Baby Doll III, Martin B-26 Marauder. England, 21 August 1944.
Unknown crew. 554th BS. 386th BG. The Bad Penny, Martin B-26 Marauder. Boxted Field, Essex, England, 30 August 1944.
1st Lt. Carroll G. Boyd and crew. 452nd BG. Bar Fly, B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 4 December 1944.
Lt. A.A. Malvik and crew. 324th BS, 91st BG, 8th AF. Betty Lou’S Buggy, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 12 March 1944.
Capt. Wilfred “Pappy” Tooman and crew. 753rd BS, 458th BG. Bomb-Ah-Dear (42-100431), Consolidated B-24 Liberator. England, 13 November 1944.
1st LT. John B. Floyd and crew.458th BG, 753rd BS. Briney Marlin, Consolidated B-24H (42-95183).March 1945, England.
1st Lt. William L. Bateman and crew. 401st BS, 91st BG. Broad Minded, B-17 Flying Fortress (44-8429). England.
Lt. John D. Davis and crew, 401st BS, 91st BG, 8th AF. Buckeye Boomerang II, B-17. England, 12 March 1944.

Lt. Loughnan and crew. 359th BS, 303rd BG. Cat 0’9 Tails, Boeing B-17. England, 17 July 1943.
Lt. Newquist and crew. 322nd BS, 91st BG, 8th AF. Chow Hound, Boeing B-17. England, 12 March 1944.
Unknown crew.
Lt Rybaltowski and crew. 359th BS. 303rd BG. Daddy’s Delight, B-17. England, 8 December 1944.

Capt. Robert B. Campbell and crew. 322nd BS, 91st BG, 8th AF. Dame Satan, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 21 April 1943, England.

1st Lt John J. Boyce and crew. 322nd BS, 91st BG. Dame Satan II  B-17G 42-31070 . England.
Lt. Karl W. Thompson and crew. 323rd BS. 91st BG. 8th AF. Demo Darling, Boeing B-17. England, 10 February 1944.

Major Aycock, Commanding Officer 324h BS, 91st BG, 8Th AF. Desperate Journey Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 14 April 1943.
Lt. George Luck Danforth and crew. 572nd BS, 391st BG. The Dream Queen Martin B-26 Marauder. England.
Lt. Mottern and crew. 493rd BG, 8th AF. Flak Flirter, Boeing B-17. England, 16 May 1945.
M/Sgt. Fitzgerald and crew. 381st BG. Forget Me Not II The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. 8th Air Force Base 167, England, 18 August 1943.
Unknown crew. 527th BS, 379th BG. Four of a Kind (43-37777), B-17 Flying Fortress. 12 October 1944, England.
Lt. Rivet and crew. 381st BG. 8th AF. French Dressing, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 30 September 1944.
George S “Rusty” Howard and crew. 552nd BS, 386th BG, 9th AF. Gambler’s Luck (41-31639) Martin B-26B Marauder. 1 September 1943, Great Dunmow, Essex, England.
Capt. Carl M. Melton and crew. 401st BS, 91st BG, 8th AF. General Ike Boeing B-17. England.
Lt. Kovach and crew. 401st BG. 8th AF. Hard Seventeen, Boeing B-17. England, 23 September 1944.
Lt. M.H. Jewett and crew, 401st BS, 91st BG, B-17F 42-3060 Hell’s Belle, Bassingbourn, England. 18 October 1943.

Unknown crew. 91st BG, 8Th AF. Hey Daddy Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Lt. K.V. Kerr and crew. 91st BG, 8th AF. Hoosier Hot Shot, Boeing B-17. England.
1LT Charles Falkenmayer and crew, 324th BS, 91st BG, 8th AF. B-17G 44-8475 “Irish Lassie” See: HERE
Lt. Newman and crew. 574th BS. 391st BG. Jinx, Martin B-26 Marauder. England, 16 August 1944.
Lt R.M Nichols and crew. 324th BS. 91st BG. 8th AF. Just Plain Lonesome, Boeing B-17. England, 4 April 1944.
Lt. Lowder and crew. 574th BS. 391st BG. Lady Chance, Martin B-26 Marauder. England, 9 August 1944.
Unknown crew with Lady Helen of Wimpole See: 1st Lt. Helen E. Pierson
Lt. John Klots and crew. 324th BS, 91st BG. 8th AF. The Liberty Belle, B-17. England, 10 May 1944.
Lt. Major and crew. 324th BS. 91st BG. 8th AF. Little Patches, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 10 May 1944.
Lt. C.M. Buchanan and crew. 401st BS. 91st BG. 8th FA. Little Patches, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Lt. S. Ligino and crew. 303rd BG. Little Tush, B-17. England, 7 July 1944.
Lt. R. Chartier(pilot), Lt. C. Kuta and Lt. V.H. French. 401st BG. 8th AF. Madame Queen, Boeing B-17. England, 27 July 1944.
Capt. Thomas R. Gordon and crew. 322nd BS. 91st BG. 8th AF. Madame Shoo Shoo, Boeing
B-17G Flying Fortress #43-37707. England.
Unknown crew. 91St BG, 8Th AF. Mah Ideel, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Lt. Lobb and crew. 863rd BS. 493rd BG, 8th AF. Pair-A-Dice Kids, Boeing B-17. England 1 January 1945.
Lt. Lyons and crew. 401st BS. 91st BG, 8th AF. Qualified Quail, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Lt. Robert Fancher and crew. 322nd BS. 91st BG. 8th AF. Queenie, Boeing B-17. England, 12 February 1944.
Lt. Logan and crew. 573rd BS. 391st BG. San Antonio Rose, Martin B-26 Marauder. England, 13 August 1944.
Lt. Kilpatrick and crew. 490th BG. 8th AF. Silver Wolf, Consolidated B-24. England, 20 march 1944.
Lt. F.J. Majka and crew. 575th BS. 391st BG. Skyhag, Martin B-26 Marauder. England, 8 June 1944.
Unknown crew. 91st BG, 8th AF. Sleepytime Gal, B-17. England.
Lt. MacGregor and crew. 381st BG. 8th AF. Sleepy Time Gal, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Station 167, England, 23 September 1944.
Lt. Stewart and crew. 490th BG. 8th AF. Snafuperman, Consolidated B-24. England, 16 March 1944.
Lt. Holden and crew. 490th BG. 8th AF. Snootie Cutie, Consolidated B-24. England 20 March 1944.
Colonel Kelly and crew. 386th BG. Son-of-Satan, Martin B-26 Marauder. Great Dunmow, Essex, England.
Unknown crew. 379th BG. 8th AF. Sons O’ Satan, B-17. England 20 July 1943.
Unknown crew. 91st BG. 8th AF. Star Dust, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Lt. Stark and crew. 390th BG. Stark’s Ark, Boeing B-17. England, 20 January 1944.
Lt. Homer C. Briggs and crew. 323rd BS, 91st BG. 8th AF. Stric Nine, B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 19 April 1943.
Capt. J.L. Tyson and crew. 324th BS. 91st BG. 8th AF. Sunkist Special, B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Unknown crew. 91st BG. 8th AF. Sweet 17, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Lt. Alexander Thomas and crew. 323rd BS, 91st BG. 8th AF. Sweet 17, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Unknown crew. 91st BG. 8th AF. Sweet Dish B-17 Flying Fortress. England.
Lt. Smithy and crew. 303rd BG. Sweet Pea, B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 21 July 1944.
Lt. Ray R. Ward and crew. 322nd BS. 91st BG. 8th AF. Texas Chubby, the J’ville Jolter, Boeing B-17. England, 12 March 1944.
Unknown crew. 522nd BS. 386th BG. The Deacon, Martin B-26. Great Dunmow, Essex, England, 2 September 1943.
Lt.Davis and crew. 358th BS. 303 BG. The Floose, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England 11 May 1944.
Lt. Linden and crew. 493rd BG, 3rd Bomb Division, 8th AF. The Tribe, Boeing B-17. England, 2 December 1944.
Lt. Hoffman and crew. 645th BS, 410th BG. This Ain’t It, Douglas A-20. England 27 June 1944.
Lt. R.A. Blanchet and crew. 3232rd BS. 91st BG. 8th AF. Tower of London, Boeing B-17. England.
Lt. John U. O’Niel and crew. 91st BG. 8th AF. Wicked Witch. England.

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