With nothing better to do during endless hours on base between missions, Air Force personnel became artists.
Nose art artists.
There was so much nose art that it would be silly to expect any representation of it to be comprehensive. It wasn't meant to be savored by posterity anyway.
|Taken during World War 2 in the China-Burma-India theater.|
Which usually involved women and sex. Go figure.
But not always. Sometimes, Disney characters or dear old mom crept onto the nose of planes. Probably the most famous B 29 of them all, the Enola Gay, was named for the pilot's mom.
|This isn't his mom.|
|A Master Sergeant is shown standing beside a Liberator bomber called "The Jolly Roger." It is a veteran of many raids on Japanese-held territory. Guadalcanal - April 10, 1944|
|"For the Gipper," referring to a famous Notre Dame football player who had a tough break.|
|Adolf, get off the pot, the Americans are coming! This was taken from a magazine cover.|
|'Why, yeah, son, I almost got shot down over Kwitcherbitchin, thanks for asking. It's just past Heidelberg and there were these two 109s and...."|
|Volume 1, Page, 55, Picture, 3, World War II, 4th May,1943, US Staff Sergeant Frank T, Lusic, pictured beside a bomber (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)|
|P-40s weren't that impressive in the air, but they had smokin' nose art.|
|Sometimes there wasn't room for a lot of nose art - but a pithy quote by Hermann Goering didn't take up too much space on a big Avro Lancaster.|
This next plane had the same name on both sides, just so that an enemy flying by on the wrong side of the plane wouldn't miss out.