B-25, 17th Tail Art
"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)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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From the Collection of Fred Hill