T/Sgt Warren K PERRYMAN
1st Fighter Group
Sicily & Italy
Warren K Perryman hailed from Ponca City and enlisted in the USAAC in Oklahoma City on 11th June 1940, prior to the USA entered the war. He had previously worked as a draughtsman and, once assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron as an armorer, his artistic talent was soon recognised and put to use in embellishing several of the unit's P38 Lightnings. Many of his nose art designs were cartoons but "Volga Olga" sported a reclining young woman, whose identity and significance has yet to be established.
Little else is known about the other aircraft Perryman painted, or their pilots, and further information is sought.
After the war he attended Boston School of Fine Arts before becoming a commercial artist for various agencies in Boston, Pittsburgh and New York City. Later he continued working as a freelance and returned to Ponca City, Oklahoma until his death in 1986.
© Ray Bowden 24 September 2020