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This photograph appears to be of the artist who painted the nose art on the ships of the 323rd Bomb Group in his living quarters with a preliminary sketch, which he may have used in a transfer technique, in Earls Colne, Essex sometime prior to May 20, 1944. According to what Ernie Pyle, author of "Brave Men",reported in the chapter entitled "The Flying Wedge", the artist appears to be Lt. C. V. Cripe, a bombardier.




  • Corvan Cripe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Lt. Corvan V. "Oripe" Cripe was a bombardier with the 456th Bomb Squadron. Based on the reporting of Ernie Pyle, he was the artist responsible for painting mush of the nose art and pinup art in the officers' clubs.

  • Leo Rush

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier, B-26 Marauder
    Dale Rush served with the 456th BS as a bombardier. He was killed on May 20, 1944 on a mission to Dieppe when "Ole 33 Gal" WT-A Serial No. 41-35033, flying in the Box II, Flight 3 lead position, took a direct hit of heavy flak that shattered the...


  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...


Date Contributor Update
15 October 2017 19:08:51 JMF Changes to caption


Date Contributor Update
16 September 2017 19:46:49 JMF Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Larry D. Rush/JMF