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USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

Mason and Dixon
B-17G-15-BO 42-31412

100th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Squadron

Nose art painted by
Sgt Frank STEVENS
100th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Squadron
Thorpe Abbotts, England

 

This was a long-serving Fort which was named after two 100BG officers -- pilot Floyd Mason and navigator William Dishion. The racy semi-nude painted by Stevens made clever use of the scripted titling to avoid censorship by higher authorities. The plane was severely damaged while on a shuttle mission from England to Russia to Italy in September 1944. A flak shell sliced through the wing and narrowly missed a fuel tank. Name-sake Capt Mason had been shot down in another aircraft in late July 1944 but "Mason and Dixon" returned to fly many more combat missions well into 1945.


No mission listing is currently available for this aircraft


© Ray Bowden 17 October 2017