USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Shoo Shoo Baby
B-24H-5-CF 41-29208

44th Bomb Group, 66th Bomb Squadron


Nose art painted by
50th Station Complement
Shipdham, England

Shoo Shoo Baby

One of many 44BG Liberators which were adorned with the Flying Eightball emblem which so many group veterans remember Jack Loman painting on their aircraft.

This particular B24 was originally assigned to 448BG but only flew one mission with that unit before being transferred to 66BS at Shipdham. It flew a total of 19 missions up to March 1944 whereupon it was removed from combat operations and converted to the formation aircraft assisting the group's early morning formation assembly. This conversion involved the removal of all turrets and weaponry, the addition of a glazed nose and a special light installation to guide the other aircraft into position. The total number of sorties it flew in this role is not known but it survived for a year to return to the USA on 7 March 1945. Unlike some of the other, later, formation aircraft flown in the 44BG and other units, "Shoo Shoo Baby" was not given a guady paint job of spots or stripes, etc, but remained in its olive drab finish.

The title "Shoo Shoo Baby" was a very popular one for nose art and it appeared on a wide variety of planes all over the globe. A song written by Phil Moore, it was sung by the very popular Andrew Sisters and became a great hit in 1944. It was sung by them in the movie "Three Cheers for the Boys" in 1943. Subsequently, many variations of it were sung and played by different artists including by Glenn Miller's Band and also Frank Sinatra.


© Ray Bowden 9 August 2022