USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Black Magic
B-24 44-.....

7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron


Nose art painted by
Vernon DRAKE
7th Bomb Group

Black Magic

This classic pin-up girl pose was painted onto the side of a black Liberator. It was one of several nose arts on which Drake enlisted the help of one of his fellow officers. On this one, it was Ralph Goodrich who assisted in some way and had his name added to the signature near the extended foot. Whether this help involved colouring in sections of the image, cleaning brushes or erecting the scaffolding is not known.


© Ray Bowden 12 August 2022