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USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

Paper Dolly
B-17G-10-DL 42-37746

91st Bomb Group, 323rd Bomb Squadron

Nose art painted by
Cpl Anthony L STARCER
91st Bomb Group
Bassingbourn, England

 

Not all of Starcer's nose art designs used Vargas-type pin-up girls. This one was based on the equally popular "Betty Boop" cartoon character supplemented with a giant bomb. The same character, in a different context, was also used by Starcer in his design for another 91st Fort named "Betty Lou's Buggy". Use of cartoons was commonplace and gave a welcome touch of humour in the midst of wartime Bassingbourn. The popular song "Paper Doll" spawned the aircraft title and several cut-out paper dolls were incorporated into the design.

"Paper Dolly" was lost on 22nd February on a mission to the Focke Wulf plant at Oschersleben. It was flown that day by Frank Kolts crew who had completed the majority of their tour in the plane.


No mission listing is currently available for this aircraft


© Ray Bowden 30 March 2017