Airman's affectionate gesture to the Memphis Belle
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Nudes a no-go for WWII aircraft artist

"Nose art" creator Don Allen has been explaining how he kept the "necessary parts covered" in his fuselage cartoons during World War II.

When the United States Air Force launched its bombing offensive against Nazi Germany 70 years ago, it brought nose art to East Anglia - images of loved ones or cartoon characters painted on the fuselages of aircraft to help maintain morale.

Mr Allen, based at Debden in Essex during the conflict, said some of the US airmen wanted their planes adorned with nudes, a request he was not able to agree to.

  • 17 Aug 2012