USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Arkansas Joe
B-24 42-78594

456th Bomb Group, 746th Bomb Squadron

We have been unable to locate any photograph of this aircraft.
If you have any further information on its crew(s), mission details or pictures/documents relevant to this (or any other aircraft) we would be pleased to receive copies.
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There is a query on the serial number for "Arkansas Joe" assigned to 456BG. Some sources give the airplane's title as "Cumulus Queen".

42-78594 was lost on the mission to Stornara airfield, 28 August 1944 with Patrick Shereda's crew. This crew included nose gunner Leonard Palser who had created a future nose art for the B24 with the title "Cumulus Queen". However, no image has been located for this title and it may not have been painted on. It unclear if the aircraft already had the title of "Arkansas Joe".

If anyone can offer clarification please get in touch.


© Ray Bowden 9 August 2022