USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Indian Thummer
B-24L-5-FO 44-49442

307th Bomb Group


Nose art painted by
Pfc Joseph ORIGLIO
307th Bomb Group
New Guinea & Luzon & Morotai

Indian Thummer Photo courtesy of George Jankos
Photo courtesy of George Jankos

The inspiration Joe used for his nose art painting on this B24 was from the Esquire Magazine calendar illustration for November 1942 painted by Alberto Vargas. The original art work was called Beauts and Saddles and ironically was not of an Indian maiden but a cow girl.

Leaving California in December 1944 for the Pacific, it returned to the United States in October, 1945 to Kingman Field Arizona where it was disposed of as surplus and melted down along with thousands of other aircraft that returned from the War.

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© Ray Bowden 28 February 2024