USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Chief Tonganoxie
B25 or B26

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In May 1944, Tonganoxie High School in Lawrence, Kansas collected a total of $180,164 in their third “Schools-at-War” campaign – enough to fund the purchase of another medium bomber (B25 or B26).

The school had already sold enough War Bonds to purchase a similar bomber in a previous campaign and enough for a further 65 jeeps in another bond drive in March through to April when they collected $64,000.

The first bomber was named as “Chief Tonganoxie” after the campaign running from September to December 1943 and “Chief Tonganoxie II” was the aim of the campaign from December to May ’44. This was a remarkable achievement for the tiny school which numbered just 130 pupils and as a result it was awarded a Minuteman flag and banner – the flag only given to schools where 90% of the student body bought stamps and bonds; the banner awarded to those where 100% buy bonds.


© Ray Bowden 30 November 2021