USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Miss Thunder

355th Fighter Group

Nose art painted by
355th Fighter Group

Miss Thunder Photo courtesy of Rick Janicki
Photo courtesy of Rick Janicki

The serial number is not yet known but this Thunderbolt was assigned to Lt Walter Koraleski, 354th Fighter Squadron and the artwork was painted by Art DeCosta. His image was reminiscent of the mural work painted on the walls of the Officers' Club at Steeple Morden. When the 355FG transferred to flying Mustangs in March 44, Koraleski's P51 was given the same name but no photo has yet come to light.

Capt Koraleski lost oil pressure over Utrecht on 15 April 44 heading out for a strafing mission in Mustang 43-6968. His engine froze up causing him to crash into the Isselmeer and became a POW for the duration.


© Ray Bowden 16 August 2022