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Anthony Louis Starcer


Painted the nose art on the Memphis Belle after orginal artist died. Starcer was a nose artist extraordinaire !
A prolific artist, he painted over 127 aircrafts nose art, a list of which can be found at -

In 1981, Starcer recreated his nose art at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, for restored B-17G 'Shoo Shoo Baby', one of the few surviving combat veteran Flying Fortresses, based on Alberto Vargas' "Hawaii" Esquire pin up art.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...


  • 42-38006 Hoosier Hot Shot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Gr Island 1/12/43; Presque Is 17/12/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-H] Bassingbourn 8/1/44; 21m Missing in Action Kassel 19/4/44 with Stan Swensum, Co-pilot: Leon Lindroth, Navigator: Jim Caravolas, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-38083 Man 'O War II, Horsepower Ltd

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 24/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 14/1/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-V] Bassingbourn 1/2/44; 77m Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Leroy Hare, Co-pilot: Bob Casey, Navigator: Theo Herrick, Bombardier: Roy...

  • 43-39225 Naughty Caroline

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 12/1/45; Grenier 28/1/45; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-V] Bassingbourn 23/2/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 29/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 4/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 3/11...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Pueblo, CO, USA 16 September 1919

Son of John and Johanna Starcer.

Lived in Norwalk, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 2 June 1942
Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 91st BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Los Angeles, CA, USA 9 June 1986
Buried Imperial Memorial Gardens Pueblo Pueblo County CO 12 June 1986

Imperial Memorial Gardens
Pueblo County
Colorado, USA


Date Contributor Update
18 July 2021 11:15:22 Al_Skiff Changes to events and media associations

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2016 19:45:27 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography and events

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14 September 2016 18:57:38 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

Id'd by key image.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / relative