Flight Journal - - CONTENTS - By James P. Busha

Nose Art Goes to War

The de­pic­tion of in­tri­cate de­signs, fig­ures, and names painted on war ma­chin­ery was an age-old tra­di­tion long be­fore World War II fight­ers and bombers en­tered the fray. The Vik­ings adorned their war­ships with like­nesses of drag­ons, chesty ladies, and clan crests. Eu­ro­pean knights dec­o­rated their swords and shields with sim­i­lar de­signs, and not to be out­done, the In­di­ans of the Amer­i­can West painted their ponies in prepa­ra­tion for bat­tle.

The “Zo­diac” B-24Hs from the 834th BS, 486th BG, RAF Sud­bury, Eng­land. (Pho­tos cour­tesy of Stan Piet) Op­po­site page, top left: Col. Philip Adair and his Burmese Ban­shee P-40, 89th FS, 80th FG, 10th AF. (Photo cour­tesy of James P. Busha)Top right: B-29 315th BW, BG 335 Sq, 331st BS, based on Guam. (Photo cour­tesy of Stan Piet)

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