coolest thing I’ve seen all day, a drop tank toy car with a P 38

August 24th, 2016 by admin

P-38L Lightning #40, s/n 44-25734 “Betts II” of the 71st FS 1st Fighter Group, Lesina Italy
http://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/p-38-lightning/p-38l-lightning-40-44-25734-betts-ii-of-the-71st-fs-1st-fg-lesina-italy/

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Dear John P38, another impressive scoreboard, and with a cool mission symbol

August 24th, 2016 by admin

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the P 47 Magic Carpet, 175 missions replaced most everything at least once

August 23rd, 2016 by admin

That’s why the wings are bare metal and the fuselage is painted.

After combat damage repairs and replacements of
3 right wings,

the 15,000 th P 40

August 23rd, 2016 by admin

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the 15,000 th P 40

Mild and Bitter, signed by the 322nd Bombardment Squadron

August 23rd, 2016 by admin

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Mild and Bitter, signed by the 322nd Bombardment Squadron

A Wing and 10 Prayers, nose art by Cpl Dick Ebbeson

August 22nd, 2016 by admin

http://www.usaaf-noseart.co.uk/plane.php?plane=ebbeson-wing#.V7p6xZgrKUm

This is, perhaps, the most elaborate of all Ebbeson’s nose paintings incorporating tremendous detail into the ten individual caracatures of crew members. It is believed to show Ray Hill’s crew who were regularly assigned to the ship and who also applied a long list of targets attacked onto the left nose of the B24 beside the squadron emblem. These targets included Ipo Dam, Aparri, Baguio, Takao, Hosan, Taichu, Toshien, Saigon, Canton, Balikipapan as well as Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. A list that was as impressive as Ebbeson’s artwork but which saw the plane sustaining damage at some point — as is witnessed by the shiny new panel of aluminium which is seen in the photo, obscuring a large part of the painting.

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A Wing and 10 Prayers, nose art by Cpl Dick Ebbeson

Cpl Dick Ebbeson nose art

August 22nd, 2016 by admin

https://www.pinterest.com/roweomalley987/ebbeson-stuff/

http://www.usaaf-noseart.co.uk/artist.php?artist=ebbeson-dick#.V7p9qJgrKUk

Richard “Dick” Ebbeson was an aircraft armorer and the squadron artist for the 528th Bomb Squadron.

At least ten B24s of the 528th can be attributed to him and his finesse and reputation increased with each newly painted Liberator. His earlier nose arts favoured a single female figure superimposed on a circle or rectangular block of colour but two of his later works featured elaborate and complex designs in a more illustrative cartoon style incorporating great detail.

“A Wing an’ 10 Prayers” includes no less than nine detailed caricatures of crew members and the tramp in “Bread Line in ‘49″ is a work of complex detail and modelling. By contrast, his earlier female figures are portrayed in a skilled simplicity, with perfect finely drawn outline and subtle shading in of shadow to create the form.

from a B 24d manual.

Holy smokes, this breaks the record for the most cartoon characters in nose art, all on one plane. B 24 "It Ain’t So Funny"

August 22nd, 2016 by admin

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In a departure from the normal girlie nose art, S/Sgt Sarkis Bartigian created this amazing collection of cartoon characters to enliven the side of this B24 Liberator. Whether or not this mass of colourful characters was repeated on the other side of the aircraft is not known but yet again Sgt Bartigian managed to create a unique piece of art. While popular characters were often lifted from their page and used as nose art, so many placed together on a single aircraft is almost unique. Donald Duck, Popeye, Minnie, Cat Woman, Lil Henry are all there with several other favourites of the time.

Sgt Sarkis Bartigian has been described by some as the “greatest painter of nose art of all time” and by others as “the Michelangelo of WWII aviation art.”. His imagination and skill with paint was certainly exceptional and he was perhaps unique in seeing the side, indeed the whole, of a B24 as his potential “canvas.” Working during the closing months of the war and in the isolation of the vast Pacific Ocean enabled his imagination to run wild. His creations stretched the entire length of the aircraft in some cases, from nose turret to tail gunner’s position. They were enormous works of art which would have stretched any artist working under ideal conditions let alone the windy, sand-strewn wastes of the barren airfield on Ie Shima.

He had joined the USAAF at the age of 36 or 37 having studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and subsequently worked as a commercial artist painting murals for restaurants and movie theatre marquees. Shortly after entering the service he married Mabel — who became the subject of another of his impressive works of art, i.e. “Mabel’s Labels”. A portrait of his beautiful bride adorned one the 43rd Bomb Group’s B24s together with several nudes and sets of strategically positioned red lips.

When deploying to the Philippines, Bartigian passed the time by decorating the captain’s quarters. Sadly, having survived the war and returned home to Mabel, Sarkis Bartigian was killed in a motor accident in 1955, aged only 49. A sad loss indeed. It is not hard to believe that such a talented man would not have further honed his skills to become a painter of repute.

http://www.usaaf-noseart.co.uk/artist.php?artist=bartigian#.V7pITpgrKUl

The other masterpiece, and unique artpiece among B 24s, The Dragon and His Tail, was featured here a couple years ago, when I had no idea about the artist, but go back and take a look at the incredible full airplane length art

B 29 nose art page (just a few examples)

August 21st, 2016 by admin

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B 26 nose art, cool cartoon cats on a plane made of boards

August 21st, 2016 by admin

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