A little nose art

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India, 1944

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.

~ Robert E. Lee, letter to his wife (1864)


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  1. Lance & Cromwell more Calif PICs coming 34 months ago | reply

    Nose art and the art and names the troops put on their tanks, APC's, jeeps, trucks, and even on the ordinance . . . ways of distracting, at least for awhile, their attention from the dangers and horrors of war. A marvelous photo !!

  2. DJuniorFan 34 months ago | reply

    A bit racier than the nose art displayed in the AF Museum!

  3. ARustForLife 34 months ago | reply

    Cool. The only Miss Carriage nose art I'm familiar with is this one...

  4. steveartist 34 months ago | reply

    Those B-24 Liberators were not fun to fly! I read a book by a WWII flyer and the crews mostly hated them!

  5. e r j k p r u n c z y k 34 months ago | reply

    Extra special bit of Americana here.

  6. radargeek 34 months ago | reply

    Good thing the fire extinguisher is nearby!

  7. photographi-ca 34 months ago | reply

    Those were different times and different men. Nose art would never, ah, fly today. Too bad. Love the name Miss Carriage thought. Brilliant!

  8. R. Drozda 34 months ago | reply

    Parked next to "Big Dick!" Incredible.

  9. Pete Zarria 34 months ago | reply

    I was wondering if anyone would notice.

  10. disposable photography 34 months ago | reply

    Some of the most "heart felt" naive art was on planes, boats, tanks and vehicles. It's been well documented and justifiably so. I have a soft spot for it. This is better than a lot of it. The proportions are very good.
    FWIW: my dad was a wing commander flying Lancaster bombers out of Alexandria Egypt into Germany. He got blown out of the air by Germans. They rescued him, performed massive surgery to his head and skull then once his hospitalization was over he became a PoW. The rest is a long story.
    It's interesting that most Generals end up with views similar to Lee's in that quote

  11. twm1340 34 months ago | reply

    I love the time before PC! This must have been quite a morale booster!

  12. johnfromtheradio 34 months ago | reply

    Oh man, that's the stuff!

  13. SL McAtee 34 months ago | reply

    I agree twm1340!

  14. Lights in my hometown 34 months ago | reply

    Back when girls were girls and men were men. Whatever it took to help the boys keep it up! ; ) And why the hell, not! The feminists would never stand for it today . . . but I don't like them much, anyway. : )

  15. potato potato 34 months ago | reply

    What a weird pun.

  16. Too Tall Bob 33 months ago | reply

    What a great quote from Robert E Lee. I recently visited the National Civl War Museum in Harrisburg and it brought so much of the civil war to life.

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