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USO Canteen FReeper Style....Nose Art and Pin Ups go to War....May 8,2002
FRiends of the USO Canteen FReeper Style and Snow Bunny

Posted on 05/08/2002 3:01:00 AM PDT by Snow Bunny

The practice of personalizing military aircraft with custom artwork began a few years before WWI, and continues to this day. The peak of this practice occurred during WWII, when hundreds of thousands of aircraft were adorned with such artwork, generally painted near the nose of the aircraft... hence the term, "Nose Art."

Often, flight and ground crews wore a smaller version of the artwork painted on the backs of their jackets. Of course, the quality of the artwork varied, from crude to excellent, depending on the skill of the artist.

The sultry, wonderful world of Nose Art is as varied as the individuals who dressed up and decorated the aircraft and the feelings of the men who flew them into combat. Though this variety is staggering, common themes run through them all from World War II to the end of the Korean War when the genre all but left the scene.

Humor, pathos, slogans, girls, cartoons, nicknames, hometowns, girls, patriotism, dishing it to the enemy, warriors, girls, youthful bravado, girls...these transcended nationality as both Allies and Axis pilots went to war in their individually marked chariots. Men at war separated from home, family, loved ones and a familiar way of life sought ways to personalize and escape the very harsh business surrounding them. For the most part they thought about women, represented on the sides of aircraft in the most tender of ways to the most degrading. These men spent many hours longing for the tenderness a woman could bring to their lives...and for the sexual pleasure they could provide. Whether top level commanders ordered it off the aircraft or not, the men let their feelings flow onto their machines.

As their aircraft reflected, fighter pilots of both wars were busy strafing, bombing, hunting for aerial kills and protecting friendly aircraft, airfields, supply lines and troops. But the ground crews were just as busy trying to make sure the aircraft they had generously loaned to the pilot was on the line each day and ready to bring him home. There is never enough credit to be given to these men who worked ten hours for every hour the pilot flew.

The fame and glory attached to the pilot over shadowed his faithful ground ponders, but this usually did not prevent the enlisted men and officers from becoming devoted friends. Each needed the other to make the mission successful, and a pilot's crew would experience as much pride for a victory, knowing they were behind the guns as well. As a result, nose art was often the choice of the ground crew rather than the pilot. Some units made room for both by having the pilot's art on the left side and the ground crew's on the right.

Unique among fighters, the P-38 Lightning had three noses to adorn, allowing a separate canvas for the pilot, crew chief, armorer and radio man.

Pin Ups.......


The Professor is trying to give you a more scientific explanation of how this kind of cheesecake affected the average American soldier.

World War II pinups appeared in many forms, from fighter and bomber nose art and bomber jacket art to calendars, postcards, matchbooks, and playing cards. The term pinup was coined during World War II, when soldiers would "pin up" these idealized pictures on their barracks and foxhole walls, and sailors did the same to lockers and bulkheads. There were photos of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner, and hundreds of other calendar girls and Hollywood starlets whose only claim to fleeting fame was their image seared into a GI's brain from a ragged page of YANK or Esquire magazine.

"Servicemen soon began to create their own pinup art, decorating the noses of their planes and their bomber jackets with more primitive paintings of shapely babes."


Betty Grable as she appeared in a map-reading manual. This image was used to get pilots used to reading map grids.


An early centerfold featuring Dorothy Lamour, "... the No. 1 pinup girl of the U.S. Army."

Nose art was a popular morale builder, it ranged from tame cartoon characters to some really "RACEY" women.

It must be remembered that these men were young, at war, and homesick at times. The names of mothers, girlfriends and colorful limericks were often the inspiration for this unique art form. These pictures and captions are published here for historical value, exactly as they appeared on the planes.



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To: McLynnan
Hi, good to see you. I hope you've had a wonderful day.
301 posted on 05/08/2002 4:45:46 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: AFVetGal
More local beef from Billie

With special thanks to the good-natured FReepers above, they are pictured as follows: Mr. February in front...ST.LOUIE1. Behind him, left to right are: Mr. July...ArneFufkin; Mr. December 2001...Lonnie; Mr. October...lodwick; and Mr. June...hole_n_one. Next, standing left to right: Mr. August...real saxophonist; and Mr. September...Cool Guy. Back row, left to right: Mr. March...Mr. K; Mr. January...kachina; Mr. April...cmsgop; Mr. December...COB1; Mr. November...TexasNative2000; and Mr. May...Dog.

Billie's homepage here at FR is not to be missed.

302 posted on 05/08/2002 5:02:53 PM PDT by lodwick
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To: lodwick; mistyca; sassymom; victoria delsoul; snow bunny; mclynnan; aquamarine; daisyscarlett...
#302 OMG!!! As Fred Sanford would say, "Elizabeth, it's the big one!" My heart is racing. Somebody call 911.
303 posted on 05/08/2002 5:13:10 PM PDT by Jen
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To: lodwick
WOOHOO!!! Will ya look at that calendar!!!!! ;)

font face=Monotype Corsiva"color="Teal"size="5">Sassy

304 posted on 05/08/2002 5:13:29 PM PDT by SassyMom
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To: Connectthedots
You are so kind, good to see you. I hope all has been going great for you my friend.
305 posted on 05/08/2002 5:14:31 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Lodwick
Let me try again.... shesh......

Sassy

306 posted on 05/08/2002 5:15:49 PM PDT by SassyMom
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To: ClaraSuzanne
I'll be happy to help you find those cowboy boots and hat. It may be tomorrow though, we have a big storm moving in so I will need to shut off the puter pretty soon.
307 posted on 05/08/2002 5:17:57 PM PDT by SassyMom
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To: lodwick;Billie
giggle....good one Lodwick. Billie is so very talented. She did such a great job on the Calender.
308 posted on 05/08/2002 5:21:06 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: AFVetGal
I've got their patch. They had converted to A-10's by then.
309 posted on 05/08/2002 5:24:19 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: AFVetGal
ROTFL.....hot hot hot.heh.....
310 posted on 05/08/2002 5:25:39 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: ClaraSuzanne
It's the upper case character on the top left-hand key of your keuboard right next to the 1.
It's called the tilda.
311 posted on 05/08/2002 5:26:54 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: AFVetGal;lodwick;MistyCA;SAMWolf;4TheFlag
And here are our wonderful " BAD" boys...tee hee


312 posted on 05/08/2002 5:27:41 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Snow Bunny
Two NAS Pensacola Jets Collide, Crash In Gulf 7 feared dead.
313 posted on 05/08/2002 5:29:12 PM PDT by Mr_Magoo
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To: SAMWolf;whoever
Hey fellow Bad Boy, what kind of trouble you want to get into tonite, LOL...
314 posted on 05/08/2002 5:33:26 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: SAMWolf
Do you collect military unit patches?
315 posted on 05/08/2002 5:33:59 PM PDT by Jen
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To: SAMWolf
Thank you.
316 posted on 05/08/2002 5:34:46 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: AFVetGal
Not really, It's just one I happen to have.
317 posted on 05/08/2002 5:35:27 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: whoever;ALL
Hey, anybody seen who today????
318 posted on 05/08/2002 5:36:54 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: 4TheFlag;Samwolf
Trouble? You? Nahhh!
319 posted on 05/08/2002 5:39:36 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne
NICE plate there CS!!
320 posted on 05/08/2002 5:39:38 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: 4TheFlag;whoever
She has not been here much since Cinco de Mayo. I hope she is ok.
321 posted on 05/08/2002 5:39:52 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: 4TheFlag
Nope!
322 posted on 05/08/2002 5:40:42 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: Mr_Magoo
Mr.M, this is terrible. Thank you for the link.Prayers for all of them and their families.
323 posted on 05/08/2002 5:42:08 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: ClaraSuzanne;SAMWolf
HMMMMMM, somehow GOOBER and FOXY don't compute, ROTFLOL!

No, we would NEVER get into trouble here at the Canteen, nope, not us, never ever (just watch us, tee hee)

324 posted on 05/08/2002 5:44:23 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: 4TheFlag
Der Fuchs ist heir!
325 posted on 05/08/2002 5:44:53 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Nice flowers! Thanks so much, Tonk. Much appreciated



326 posted on 05/08/2002 5:45:55 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: 4TheFlag
I'm the "Foxy" one! LOL
327 posted on 05/08/2002 5:48:32 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: Snow Bunny;4TheFlag;whoever
I figured she went into stealth mode on us.
328 posted on 05/08/2002 5:48:53 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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To: Snow Bunny; MistyCA
Hi Bunny, I'm back, hehehe.

Hey Misty, how do you like my outfit? Do you see something different? ;-)



329 posted on 05/08/2002 5:48:59 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Hey, Victoria! Good to see you. How was your day?
330 posted on 05/08/2002 5:50:31 PM PDT by Pippin
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To: 4TheFlag
Hi 4! I hope you're feeling better, my friend.

Nice to see you as always. :-)



331 posted on 05/08/2002 5:51:29 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Just great, Clara. Thanks for asking. How was yours?
332 posted on 05/08/2002 5:52:29 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Snow Bunny
Thank you. Yes, I had a great day, if a little bit hectic. Hope yours was good too, and there is no way I'm going to find time to read all these posts!Free Republic is turning into a full time occupation.
333 posted on 05/08/2002 5:54:05 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: ClaraSuzanne
I'm the "Foxy" one! LOL

WHEEWWWWW, cooling off snow, what snow,.......no DOUBT in my mind, LOL!

334 posted on 05/08/2002 5:54:09 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Here's one for your collection.... :)


335 posted on 05/08/2002 5:54:14 PM PDT by SassyMom
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To: AFVetGal
#302 OMG!!! As Fred Sanford would say, "Elizabeth, it's the big one!" My heart is racing. Somebody call 911.

LOL! Down girl. That was a definite overdose for appreciative ladies like us.

336 posted on 05/08/2002 5:56:11 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: SAMWolf;whoever
I figured she went into stealth mode on us.

I just FReepmailed her, hopefully just stealth mode....I'm worried about her......

337 posted on 05/08/2002 5:56:28 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: McLynnan
Hi McLynnan, you are right! FRee Republic does take a lot of time. hahahaha It took me ALLLLLL day to do the housework that should only take 2 or 3 hours. hahahaha

It's great to see you here tonight!

338 posted on 05/08/2002 5:58:33 PM PDT by SassyMom
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To: SassyMom
Looking good tonight Sassy - all you Dollz! ;-)
339 posted on 05/08/2002 5:58:41 PM PDT by lodwick
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
FReeper abner and her husband are on a mission

Holy moly, that thing is awesome!

340 posted on 05/08/2002 5:59:03 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Hey there Victoria, good to see you too, much better thank you kindly, hope you are well also dear FRiend!
341 posted on 05/08/2002 5:59:58 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: SassyMom
Ha! I am overwhelmed, and there's still The Daily Dose coming up, and I haven't caught up on the news threads, and I have all these pings to check out, etc. You know, I lurked on FR for almost 4 years because I was afraid this would happen. The house is falling down around me.
342 posted on 05/08/2002 6:01:43 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: 4TheFlag
I'm fine thanks, 4! Glad to hear you're feeling better. :-)
343 posted on 05/08/2002 6:01:53 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Snow Bunny
Good evening - You'll be crashing when I'm starting up tomorrow, so I wanted to say ThankYou in advance for whatever treat you'll stay up all night creating for the USO Canteen. God bless you both. ;-)
344 posted on 05/08/2002 6:01:58 PM PDT by lodwick
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To: Mr_Magoo
Good Grief - thanks. Prayers up Magoo. See'ya.
345 posted on 05/08/2002 6:03:54 PM PDT by lodwick
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To: AFVetGal; 4theflag; SAMWolf
Wow, nice calendar but, where is Sam and 4?
346 posted on 05/08/2002 6:04:35 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: lodwick
giggle....iit was a late night last night. heh heh....Sweet Dreams lodwick...thanks for the great pictures today.
347 posted on 05/08/2002 6:06:33 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Victoria Delsoul
You look wonderful this evening Victoria.
348 posted on 05/08/2002 6:07:58 PM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Wow, nice calendar but, where is Sam and 4?

We were in the X-Rated version that can be bought for 14.95 plus 5.95 shipping and handling...

349 posted on 05/08/2002 6:08:11 PM PDT by 4TheFlag
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To: McLynnan
Welcome to FreeRepublic! It does come with a disclaimer you know. ;-) My homepage, and many others, have a thread titled "Why I hate JimRobinson"

All our homes are crashing down around us, and other things. Enjoy.

350 posted on 05/08/2002 6:09:05 PM PDT by lodwick
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