From Belle to Baby

Something Clarence Simonsen should read.

Art on the nose

Corporal Anthony (Tony) L. Starcer who unfortunately passed away in 1986, created some of the most recognisable and universally loved nose art pieces of the second World War. Though his prolific talents are now famous around the world, back in the 1940’s his skill was discovered by chance. During training at the Texas USAAF base Sheppard Field, Starcer happened upon a man painting a mural on the wall of the officer’s club. After criticising the use of colour he was challenged to do better, he rose to that challenge and did just that, in the end finishing the mural. As line mechanic for the 91st Bomb Group based at Bassingbourn England (which by the way is only about 30 miles from where I live) in 1942-3 Starcer was assigned the menial task of painting the official markings such as Squadron letters and aircraft codes onto the B17’s. It was not long until by popular…

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