USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

Venus Ramey
B-17G-90-BO 43-38492

301st Bomb Group, 353rd Bomb Squadron

Appearance
Venus Ramey Bill Tamburrino (top) with Joseph Curtin Jr (lower). Photo courtesy of Dave French
Bill Tamburrino (top) with Joseph Curtin Jr (lower). Photo courtesy of Dave French

Using Venus Ramey, winner of Miss America 1944, as his inspiration Bill Tamburrino created a wonderful portrait on this B17. Assigned as an armorer, Bill's talent for drawing did not go unnoticed and he was initially asked to paint an airman's A2 jacket. A request to paint the nose of a B17 soon followed. The result was this masterpiece.

B17 "Venus Ramey" joined the 301BG in mid-October 44, survived the hostilities and returned to the USA to be scrapped at Kingman, Arizona.





 


© Ray Bowden 21 October 2021