USAAF Nose Art Research Project


As yet unidentified, this Thunderbolt was assigned to Lt Emil Perry and may have been painted by the 355FG artist Art DeCosta. Although DeCosta was renowned for his paintings of the female form, as witnessed on many wall murals at Steeple Morden, he is also believed to have created several cartoon-like nose arts at the request of the pilots.

Emil Perry was credited with two aerial victories and three more on the ground but claimed total of seven during his combat tour. The first two aerial victories came on 13 May 44 followed by one on the ground 11 days later. D-Day brought another shot down in the air with two more on the ground on the 24 June. The final claim of victory came on 7 July. All of these occurred when Perry was flying in Mustangs after the group had transferred to P-51s in March.


© Ray Bowden 9 August 2022