USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Texas Queen


Texas Queen Photo courtesy: Brian Bender
Photo courtesy: Brian Bender

This C47-lookalike is actually a C-53 Skytrooper, a wartime survivor that is believed to have been assigned to 440th Troop carrier group initially but later stationed in Germany after hostilities had ceased with Air Transport Command. In the cockpit is Lt William C Bender who had flown B17s previously - gaining a Purple Heart for his trouble!

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© Ray Bowden 30 November 2023