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USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

Nose Art Themes

Vargas Esquire Centerfold March 1944 "Pistol Packin' Mama"


One of the favourite titles to appear as aircraft nose art was spawned from the popular 1942-43 song written and recorded by Al Dexter (later by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters). Alberto Vargas immortalised the title with his "Pistol Packin' Mama" pin up which appeared in March 1944 as the centre gatefold of Esquire Magazine. The gun toting pin up was an obvious choice for bomber crews and fighter pilots and it appeared on almost every type of airplane. In some cases a differing image was used with the title and in others there was a slight or complete variation in the title but the same Vargas image.
If you have any photos of any of these aircraft or their crews, or can add other examples or details of their service and fate, please share them with me.
NameSerial #TypeUnit
Bangin' Lulu
42-51091B-24446th Bomb Group, 707th Bomb SquadronBangin' Lulu
Calamity Jane
42-52440451st Bomb Group, 725th Bomb SquadronCalamity Jane
Fort Worth Gal
44-6095B-17G-40-DL381st Bomb Group, 533rd Bomb SquadronFort Worth Gal
Mama
B-25321st Bomb GroupMama
Miss Fortune
42-52559467th Bomb Group, 790th Bomb SquadronMiss Fortune
Mist'er Chance
41-28691B-24466th Group, 785th SquadronMist'er Chance
Pist'l Packin Mama
42-37779B-17G-10-DL91st Bomb Group, 324th Bomb SquadronPist'l Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
41-3076422nd Bomb Group, 2nd Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
42-30609B-17F-110-BO95th Bomb Group, 335th Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
42-30791B-17F-120-BO305th Bomb Group, 422nd Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
42-30866B-17F-125-BO351st Bomb Group, 508th Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
42-31037B-17G401st Group, 613rd SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
42-31213B-17G-5-BO303rd Bomb Group, 359th Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
42-40594B-2490th Bomb GroupPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
42-52124450th Bomb Group, 720th Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
42-52563464th Bomb Group, 776th Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
42-7285844th Bomb Group, 68th Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
301st Bomb Group, 32nd Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
339th Fighter Group, 505th SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
C-47Pistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
452nd Bomb GroupPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
B-24308th Bomb GroupPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
B-24Pistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
56th Fighter Group, 61st SquadronPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mama
371st GroupPistol Packin Mama
Pistol Packin Mamma
42-30142B-17F-90-BO388th Group, 560th SquadronPistol Packin Mamma
Pistol Packin Mamma
42-31586B-17G97th Bomb Group, 414th Bomb SquadronPistol Packin Mamma
Pistol Packin' Mama
42-30434B-17Pistol Packin' Mama
Pistol Packin' Mama
95th Bomb GroupPistol Packin' Mama
Pistol Packing Mamma
42-25274P-47D-20-RE79th Fighter Group, 85th Fighter SquadronPistol Packing Mamma
Pistol Pakin Mamma
42-72989B-2430th Bomb Group, 38th Bomb SquadronPistol Pakin Mamma
Pride Of Billings -- Jean
44-242141st Air CommandoPride Of Billings -- Jean
Rangoon Rambler
Rangoon Rambler
Robbie L
42-40516380th Bomb Group, 529th Bomb SquadronRobbie L
Tex's Pal
P-47Tex's Pal
Texas Kate
44-40358B-2430th Bomb Group, 392nd Bomb SquadronTexas Kate


Information Update for Readers of
"Plane Names & Fancy Noses - 91st Bomb Group (Heavy)"


© Ray Bowden 26 March 2017