321st Bomb Group 447th Bomb Squadron based in Alesani, Corsica

321st BG 447th BS - SN 43-27636 - AVE MARIA
PILOT CAPT. MARCHANT. W.E.
CREW CHIEF S/SGT. G.S. Thomason
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* Additions and corrections provided by Jeff Wolford
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321st BG 447th BS - SN Not Known - COVER GIRL
CREW NOT KNOWN
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While waiting formal documentation I'll explain how documenting nose art can be as interesting as finding information on a specific aircraft. First step was trying to find a WWII color photo showing the nose art. Since no one had a viable color photo other than two black and white photos at Terrance Coursen's site, I decided to search the web for WWII period era pin-up gals hoping for a color photograph. My first stop was Esquire magazine. After an exhaustive but entertaining search without any luck, I countinued searching for old Yank magazines which were extremely popular with the GI's. Low and behold here she was, Peggy Corday as she appeared on the back cover of "YANK" MAGAZINE, BRITISH EDITION "AIRBORNE OPERATIONS IN FRANCE"JULY 2, 1944. Here is a larger picture of Peggy.

Since the elusive color photograph could not be found, I took some artistic liberty and placed her in a light blue nightgown.

Should anyone have corrections to Peggy's nightgown please email us.

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321st BG 447th BS - SN 43-27751 - MMR (MEET MRS. RUNYON or Mary Margaret Runyon )
AIRPLANE COMMANDER LT. W.C. MORTON
CREW CHIEF SGT E. J. DRWILA
BOMBADIER LT H.H. LANKESTER
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According to Kent Smith, member of the CAF (Commemorative Air Force), graciously sent infornation on MMR:
"...MMR was named when Leroy Runyon was the pilot and his wife's name was Mary Margaret Runyon."

This skin has been updated (March 5, 2005) with the MMR's serial number thanks to Dominique Taddei with his 8 year research on the 57th.

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321st BG 447th BS - SN 43-27473 - PAPER DOLL
PILOT LT. J.W. YERGER
CREW CHIEF T/SGT W.C. COURSEN
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Terrance Coursen the son of Tech Sgt William C Coursen the crew chief of Paper Doll were instrumental in furnishing the serial number for the aircraft. You can find more photos and some personal accounts on Terrance's web site.

Here is an additional black and white photo of Paper Doll

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321st BG 447th BS - SN 43-27492 - REDDIE TEDDIE
PILOT LT. H. C. SATTERWHITE
CREW CHIEF T/SGT J. OBRAZIK
ASSISTANT SGT. H.C. HARTMAN
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This skin has been updated (March 12, 2005) with REDDIE TEDDIE'S serial number thanks to Dominique Taddei with his 8 year research on the 57th.

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321st BG 447th BS - SN 43-27642 - SUPERSTITIOUS AL-O-YSIUS
PILOT Lt Edward (NMI) Krafka
CREW CHIEF T/Sgt Robert E. Bruns
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Documentation in progress.

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321st BG Unknown BS - SN 43-36110 - Big Jamoke
PILOT Lt Donald W. Gies
CREW CHEIF T/Sgt Wayne B. Cording
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Many thanks to John Fitgerald for documentation Big Jamoke

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