B-25, 17th Tail Art

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Item Details

Title

B-25, 17th Tail Art

Subject

Airplanes

Description

"Tail painting design of 17th Tactical Recon Sqdn B-25's. Serial no. 33991 - Aircraft unknown" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Fuselage Art. Painting nicknames, names and personalized icons on the fuselage was an unsanctioned but traditional art of Army Air Force crews. The motifs were varied and extensive -- tail fins with skull and crossbones, sides with female nudes, noses with sharks and other animals....The pilot riding a bomb and the stars and stripes made up the icon of the 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. This insignia also appeared on squadron stationery." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)

Creator

Hill, Fred

Date

1944

Contributor

Helten, Paula (curator)

Rights

(c)Eastern Oregon University. This image is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/). Acknowledgement of Eastern Oregon University as a source is required. For print quality images, prints, or high resolution tiff files, or commercial uses please contact the Library Director at Eastern Oregon University.

Identifier

2010.1.957

Provenance

From the Collection of Fred Hill