B-17F 42-29673 'Old Bill' after taking a 20mm round in the nose. nose art was painted by Bruce Bairnsfather. Sgt Willis Todd in the nose. Sgt Zimmerman on the steps.
War Cartoonist Captain Bairnsfather paints his character "Old Bill" onto the wall of the Red Cross section at the 305th Bomb Group base at Chelveston.
Official caption on image: "(GPR6-1-305) (19-1-43) (Mural, Red Cross - Bairnsfather.)"
Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Bairnsfather @ Chelveston.'
Nose Art painted by noted cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather.
Bruce Bairnsfather, war correspondent and famous cartoonist, congratulates crew members of Boeing B-17 'Old Bill' who have been presented awards during a ceremony at Chelveston, England On 25 July 1943.
L-R: Capt William D Whitson, 1st. Lt Harry L Holt, 1st. Lt Robert Barrall, S/Sgt John D Breen, T/Sgt Albert W Haymon, T/Sgt Fred J Bewack.
B-17F 42-29673 'Old Bill' having its nose art painted on by nose art was painted by Bruce Bairnsfather.
B-17F 42-29673 'Old Bill' undergoing maintenance whilst finishing touches are added to the nose art by nose art was painted by Bruce Bairnsfather.
Prominent British humorist and cartoonist. Served with Royal Warwickshire Regt being hospitalised with shellshock and hearing damage sustained during the 2nd Battle of Ypres.
His best-known cartoon character is Old Bill. Bill and his pals Bert and Alf featured in Bairnsfather's weekly "Fragments from France" cartoons published weekly in "The Bystander" magazine during the First World War. When WWII broke out, the British armed forces having no position for him, he was snapped up by Stars and Stripes magazine and joined American Expeditionary Force in Ulster. Finished two books with the US Army - " Jeep's and Jest's" and the other called "No Kiddin'! ". Also appearing in a film - "A Letter From Ulster."
From Ulster, he was relocated to Chelveston with the 305BG where he applied his 'Old Bill' cartoon both to the mess wall and to the nose of B-17 42-29673.
Military site : airfield
Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...
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Son of Major Thomas Henry and Jane Bairnsfather.
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