USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

How Boot That!
B-25J-15-NC 44-28925

310th Bomb Group



Nose art painted by
Ray (Jack) KOWALIK
310th Bomb Group
Italy

How Boot That!

Assigned to Lt Harry Burmester, 380th Bomb Squadron, this B25 survived the war and continued twenty years later as a movie star. In 1968, it was used in the Paramount movie "Catch 22" based on Joseph Heller's famous book. Three years later it found itself bizarrely stuck on top of a pole in a Pittsburgh cemetery.

In 1984 the veteran Mitchell was transported to Florida and eight years later was purchased by the Cavanaugh Flight museum and hauled to Chino, California. After some 45,000 hours of work it was restored and re-emerged in 1995 as the most authentic flyable B-25J in existance.

Its remarkable rebirth was given a final touch by the man who had originally painted its nose art back in December 1944 - Ray (Jack) Kowalik. His superb painting was once again based on a Vargas original which had been the gatefold for the October 1943 Esquire magazine.





 


© Ray Bowden 2 December 2021