B-24, "Queen Mae" 2
"90th Bomb Group 'Jolly Rogers' - 'Queen Mae' by Merkling - the finished painting - there is a negative of Merkling painting this image" - (2010.1.1007) From "Darkroom Soldier": "Merkling and 'Queen Mae'. Cpl Al G. Merkling earned many pesos from flight crews for his fuselage paintings....The finished painting -- one of the most elaborate in the South Pacific -- appeared on a B-24 of the 90th Bomb Group identifiable here by its 'Jolly Roger' (skull and crossbones) logo. In all, Merkling embellished a dozen B-24 (F-7A's) as well as an A-20 and a couple of C-47 transports." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Binmaley, The Philippines
From the Collection of Fred Hill