Photos of B-17 Flying Fortress Nose Art

Nose Art on WWII B-17s

Nose Art on Restored B-17s

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 4-engine heavy bomber is one of the most famous, and successful, planes ever built. The B-17 received the name "Flying Fortress" from a Seattle news reporter who commented on its defensive firepower, and said "It's a Flying Fortress".

Nose art on B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"
Nose art on B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"

B-17s served in every World War II combat zone. The aircraft is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. The B-17 flew mostly out of England, equipping 26 of the 40 bombardment groups of the 8th Air Force.

Because of their long-range capability, formations of B-17s often flew into battle with no fighter escort, relying on their own defensive capabilities to insure a successful mission.

B-17 production ended in May 1945 and totaled 12,731.

Nose art was found on many models of the B-17 Flying Fortress, as seen in the photographs below.

Photographs of B-17 Flying Fortress Nose Art in World War II

Nose art on B-17G Flying Fortress "You've Had It" ... Serial Number 43-39143
B-17 Flying Fortress "You've Had It" nose art

 

B-17G Flying Fortress "Tailwind"
B-17 Flying Fortress "Tailwind"
B-17 Flying Fortress "Calamity Jane"
B-17 Flying Fortress "Calamity Jane"

 

 

B-17 "Leading Lady"

Seen in the photo to the right is B-17G-5-VE Flying Fortress "Leading Lady", S/N 42-39948, minus engines, at Kingman Army Airfield in Arizona after World War II.

The plane became the first aircraft in the 305th Bombardment Group to complete 100 missions, and finally performed 133 successful missions in a career spanning 18 months before surviving the war. After WWII, in the fall of 1945, it was transferred to Kingman AAF and subsequently scrapped.

Nose art on the B-17 Flying Fortress "Leading Lady"
Nose art on the B-17 Flying Fortress "Leading Lady"
Nose art on B-17G Flying Fortress "Sweet LaRhonda" S/N 43-38289. Scrapped at the Kingman Army Airfield on November 27, 1945 after flying 75 missions in World War II.
B-17 Flying Fortress "Sweet LaRhonda" nose art
B-17G Flying Fortress "Little Miss Mischief"
S/N 42-9788N

B-17 Flying Fortress "Little Miss Mischief"
B-17G Flying Fortress "American Beauty"
S/N 42-98008
B-17 Flying Fortress "American Beauty"
B-17F Flying Fortress with the inscription "Let's Keep It Up"
Nose art on B-17F Flying Fortress "Let's Keep It Up"
Nose art on B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle", S/N 41-24485. It was the first heavy bomber to return to the US after flying 25 missions over Europe in World War II. Now restored and on display at the Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
Nose art on B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"

 

B-17G "How Was It? Well?"

Shown to the right is B-17G 42-97249, with an interesting name ... "How Was It? Well?"

It was built in 1944 and served with the 398th Bomb Group, 600th Bomb Squadron, and 603rd Bomb Squadron. The plane was returned to the U.S. in June of 1945, and later sold for scrap metal at the Kingman Army Airfield after the war on December 20, 1945.

Nose art on the B-17 Flying Fortress "How Was It? Well?"
Nose art on the B-17 Flying Fortress "How Was It? Well?"



B-17G "Bomber Dear" S/N 42-97234
B-17 Flying Fortress "Bomber Dear" nose art
B-17 Flying Fortress "D-Day Doll"
B-17 Flying Fortress "D-Day Doll"

 

Nose Art on Restored B-17 Flying Fortresses

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" S/N 42-32076
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" nose art
Airplane nose art on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders"
of the Gulf Coast Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF)
Nose art on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340 at the Global Power Museum
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340 at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around" nose art, at the 390th Memorial Museum, Tucson
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around" nose art
Military bomber nose art on B-17 Flying Fortress "Short Bier" on display at the Hill Aerospace Museum
Military bomber nose art on B-17 "Short Bier" in Ogden, Utah
Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress "Virgin's Delight" - S/N 43-38635 - Castle Air Museum, California

Nose art on the B-17G "Virgin's Delight" - S/N 43-38635 in California

 

 

Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress, "Starduster", S/N 44-6393, at the March Field Air Museum in California
Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress, "Starduster", S/N 44-6393, at the March Field Air Museum in California
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" nose art

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" nose art

 

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