FANCY NOSES - 91BG(H),
BLOODY NOSES - 100BG(H)
BLOOD, FLAK & OIL
PLANE NAMES 94BG(H)
PLANE NAMES 385BG(H)
Update for readers of Plane Names & Fancy Noses-91BG
USAAF Nose Art Research Project
Named planes of the USAAF during WWII
The project's purpose is to gather and record
information and photographs on named or embellished planes of
all types which served with the USAAF in all theatres of operation
and to detail the work done by those men (and women) who painted
nose art - including civilian personnel.
More than simply recording the basic information of aircraft
serial numbers and codes, details are gathered from veterans'
recollections, diary notes, official archive records, photographs,
press releases, photo albums, scrap books, news clippings and
documents to build up as comprehensive a record as possible
of the history and fate of each aircraft, its mission list,
crews and casualties, ground crew, modifications, etc. Veterans
who flew or maintained the aircraft are sought and their information
on missions, modifications, battle damage, ultimate fate and
any other stories about their planes are gathered. Information
relating to the naming of the plane, its origin, when, where,
why and by whom is also sought as is any information on the
men and women who painted the art works on the aircraft and
crew jackets. Over the past years correspondence has been maintained
with hundreds of veterans and their familes. If you have any
information or photographs relating to any named plane I would
like to hear from you and to be able to record and incorporate
your material into the project's files.
So far, the project has resulted in the publication of four
printed books based upon some of the material gathered.
The first, Plane Names & Fancy Noses - 91BG,
is a detailed study of 300+ named B17 Flying Fortresses which
served with 91st Bomb Group (Heavy) flying from Bassingbourn
The second, Tales to Noses over Berlin,
is devoted of the twenty daylight raids made by the 8th Air
Force on Berlin during 1944 and 1945, supplementing official
US and German archives records with the stories of some of the
named planes which flew to or were lost over that target.
The third title is a detailed study of the named planes of the
"Plane Names & Bloody Noses".
The fourth publication is a book devoted
to the daylight missions flown against the huge and important
Leuna synthetic oil plant:
Merseburg : Blood,
Flak & Oil.
Released in December 2012 is the first
ebook produced for KINDLE and other ebook
FLIGHT OF EAGLES - USAAF Evasion in Occupied Europe, December
A study of the 121 airmen who successfully
evaded capture and returned to England based on their details
and secret interrogations made only days after their return.
Also in planning/research phase is a volume on the named planes
of 94th Bomb Group (Heavy) and another
on the named planes of the 385th Bomb Group
On-going research involves the gathering of information, photos
and crew/mission/damage data to provide individual airplane
profiles as well as information
relating to artists or any person
(military or civilian) responsible for naming or painting aircraft.
Information on the origin of specific nose arts or themes
is also being gathered.
A signed Limited Edition full colour
print of the cover painting by Ray Bowden for "Plane Names &
Fancy Noses - 91BG" is also available for purchase.
Please contact Ray Bowden at
USAAF Nose Art Research Project
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