USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

Little Butch
P-47C 41-6410

4th Fighter Group, 334th Fighter Squadron



Nose art painted by
S/Sgt Don E ALLEN
4th Fighter Group, 334th Fighter Squadron
Debden, England

Little Butch
Assigned to Capt William B Smith
Capt Smith flew two combat tours with 4th Fighter Group. This Thunderbolt was his first aircraft which was later assigned to Lt Gilbert Ross and 1Lt Richard Douglas. After taking leave in the USA Smith returned to fly his second tour in a P51D (44-14281) until killed on 13th September 1944. After being hit by flak while strafing an airfield near Ulm, Germany, Smith pulled up to around 400ft, rolled over and exploded on impact with the ground.




 
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