USAAF Nose Art Research Project


38th Seabees
B-29 42-63499

504th Bomb Group

38th Seabees

As was the custom in the Marianas, the 38th Naval Construction Battalion selected this B29 for "adoption" on 6th January 1945. The Superfort had been one of the first to land on the partially completed runway on Tinian's North Field.

On the left side of the nose was the title "Coral Queen" together with a shapely grass-skirted half nude, painted by a member of the 38th NCB who had already embellished the left side with the battalion's emblem. The crew enjoyed the hospitality of the Seabees who provided many extra amenities and comforts until it failed to return in March 1945.


© Ray Bowden 9 August 2022