USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Flying Tigress

35th Pursuit Group

Flying Tigress

A P-39 Airacobra built by Bell and donated to the USAAC by members of the Union-Endicott Public School in Endicott, New York as part of their war bond drive. Pupils and staff accumulated over $281,000 in War Bond sales and sponsored three P-39 Airacobra, all of which carried an orange and black tiger head emblem on the nose. The brand new aircraft were presented to selected members of staff and pupils with their newly applied tiger head emblems.

Once assigned, Flying Tigress was named by the pilot Capt M J Wood and his crew chief SSgt Dallas W Metz and flew combat over New Guinea.


© Ray Bowden 13 August 2022