Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 20, 2005 23:30:08 GMT 12
Tiger Moth NZ739 - Popeye artwork chalked onto camo fuselage (for reference of this see either 'We Also Served' by Wally Ingham, or better still as there's two photos, Wally's article in the book 'New Zealand Tiger Moths 1938-2000' by Cliff Jenks and David Phillips)
These below sourced from Warren Russell's 'NZPAF and RNZAF Colour Schemes Vol 1' book (a must have for RNZAF fans)
Oxford NZ1323 - Donald Duck nose art
Anson NZ412 - Mickey Mouse 'Fantasia Wizard' nose art (Disney)
Anson NZ404 "DOPEY" Donkey nose art (was this Disney inspired?)
Anson NZ413 - Dumbo The Flying Elephant nose art (Disney)
Anson NZ4?? - 'Ben Ali Gator' nose art (Disney, from Fantasia)
Thomas Frederick Duck nose art in RNZAF Museum - full story of artwork, planes (was worn on a Wellington and a Lanc) in the book 'New Zealanders in the RAF' by Alan W. Mitchell - had Donald Duck motif too
Also known thanks to a letter from Cambridge's Brian McNamara, the following "I and others in the squadron have got brand new machines and we have called them after the names of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We picked Dopey and have a painting of him on both sides of the nose." See my site for more www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Brian%20Mcnamara.htm
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 17, 2005 19:41:23 GMT 12
Some great Kittyhawk names:
Some No. 14 Sqn P40M's appeared in a number of 1994 New Zealand Wings magazine, these being December-January, February and May 1994. They are from 19 Sqn and have these names painted on the port cowls above their exhausts.
"TAURANGARURU" coded A, as flown by Jack Knight, 19 Sqn
"DANGA" (I can add that this was a slang word in the RNZAF, also someimes spelled Danger too, but pronounced as danga, because it was short for Dangaroo (rhymes with kangaroo) and referred to a brand new airman whoknew nothing and was a danger to himself and others.
"KOHIMARAMA VII" - referring no doubt to the Auckland suburb. The Roman numeral for 7 is smaller than the other letters
"PADDY THE RIP" - coded P
"TWO-TIMER" - coded I - perhaps the mount of a pilot on his second tour?
The location was thought to be Torokina on 19 Sqn's first tour in 1944, but the serial identities were not known for the individual aircraft. Maybe these were confirmed later by readers? Does anyone know which aircraft was which serial?
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 10, 2007 21:20:24 GMT 12
Here's another I found just now, thanks to NZ Wings from July 1980. In that famous often seen photo of three No. 14 Squadron 'B' Flight P-40E's sidling up to Leo White's camera lens (he was in a Harvard) the closest to camera HQ-B (NZ3008)flown by probably Stan Quill is well known as UMSLOGOGAAS.
The middle one has no name but is NZ3036 HQ-Q flown by Paul Green (note the blue-white-blue wing roundel even before the Squadron left NZ!!)
But the name on the far aircraft, HQ-A NZ3007, flown here by Peter Gifford, always eluded me. i could never read it. But Wings assures the name was 'MAGNOLIA MUFFLEWORT' !!
What an awesome name. As that aircraft still resides at Masterton, I wonder if we could convince Mr Slade to repaint it in its original scheme with original nickname!
Not wartime I know but the Museums's Avenger had "The Lone Avenger" stenciled on her when she was the last Avenger target tug still flying. But she did have a Popyeye cartoon on her nose during the war and it was still evident when she was doing the topdressing trials in 1949!
I have a picture of my Dad's Cousin (Sgt 'Tony" Saunders) with his crew posed in front of 'U' for Uncle 75 Sqn Wellington. Location not known, but the nose art is what looks like a chap wearing a British steel helmet holding a bomb by the tail. This is enclosed by a circle. The image is not that clear. If anyone has any more details I would be pleased to hear from them since I am trying to add detail to Anthony's service history.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 11, 2009 21:37:51 GMT 12
That's certainly an interesting nose art and a new one to me. I'd wager there were a lot more No. 75 Squadron Wellington nose arts out there too, they seemed to be quite common, and hopefully more photos will surface like this one.