USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Black Magic

380th Bomb Group, 528th Bomb Squadron


Nose art painted by
American Red Cross, attached to 380th Bomb Group
Fenton, Australia & New Guinea

Black Magic
Although unconfirmed, this appears to be the repainted version of the original "Black Magic" after it was badly shot up by Japanese fighters and crash landed at Fenton. However, it may be another similarly named Liberator either painted by Toni Robin or copied by another artist altogether since the native girl strikes an identical pose to the original -- but is clutching a palm tree. The titling is also in a far more elaborate and decorative style than the original. If anyone can offer further information on this aircraft I would appreciate hearing from them.

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© Ray Bowden 9 December 2023