USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

the Wango Wango Bird
B-24 F-7A 42-64048

20th Combat Mapping Squadron

Appearance

Nose art painted by
Cpl Al G MERKLING
20th Combat Mapping Squadron
Nadzab, New Guinea

the Wango Wango Bird

Clearly a product of Al Merkling's vivid imagination, this camera-equipped F-7A version of the B24 was assigned to 1Lt Roy Hunt and flew overseas from Hunter Field, GA, on 10th February 1944. The aircraft is believed to have flown its first mission on 6th May to Hollandia with Lt Hunt at the controls but poor weather prevented any photos being brought back. So far only three other missions have been established through May into June and further information is sought.





 
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© Ray Bowden 25 February 2024