USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Spirit of Sylacauga


Spirit of Sylacauga

"The Spirit of Sylacauga" was christened by Mrs Melvin Isball who was the mother of a 19-year old boy, the first South Talladega County citizen to be be killed in WW2. The name was selected as a result of the War Bond sales by members of that community.

The ceremony took place in Birmingham, Alabama in October 1943. The Liberator had been recently modified at the Bechtel McCone plant where various aircraft types were given the latest technical and equipment updates before being assigned to combat or training units.

This B-24 joined a long list a aircraft funded by Alabama communities which included B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-25 Mitchell bombers as well as Thunderbolt fighters.


© Ray Bowden 12 August 2022