USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Silver Streak

12th Bomb Group, 82nd Bomb Squadron

Nose art painted by
Thomas BEEN
12th Bomb Group, 82nd Bomb Squadron
North Africa

Silver Streak Courtesy of Kirk Williams
Courtesy of Kirk Williams

The carefully censored nude painted by Tom Been is far removed from the cartoon style he sometimes used. The silver natural metal of the aircraft suggest this was a later aircraft possibly when the unit had redeployed to the Far East. Been's signature can be seen at left below the titling.

It is possible that this nose art was repainted later after SSgt Been had been transferred out of the 82BS. There are some indications that it was repainted as "Sherry" by Been's replacement Sgt Louis Babich, who became the squadron artist.


© Ray Bowden 20 August 2022