Easy Maid

© Photographed December 3, 2016, with permission of
EAA AirVenture Museum
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
43.984169, -88.577507
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EASY MAID
Painted by Hal Olsen, Easy Maid is the only U.S. Navy bomber in the Airpower Museum nose art collection. When shipping out for duty, Olsen packed his oil paints and brushes. Arriving on Tinian Island in the Marianas, Olsen found the equipment useful; the crew paid Olsen $75 for his first nose art painting. He originally titled the work EZ Maid, but the crew opted for Easy Main. Olsen went on to paint nose art for a number of other Navy bombers.
U.S. Navy Patrol Bombers
The U.S.A.A.F. gave the U.S.N. a number of B-24s, which the Navy designated PB4Y. With the patrol bombers, the Navy could patrol wider areas and conduct extensive photo reconnaissance. On the search for enemy convoys, patrol shifts could last as long as 12 hours. During two missions, Easy Main helped sink five Japanese ships as recorded on the nose of the five Rising Suns.
PB4Y-1
Navy Bureau / Serial #38823
U.S.N. Squadron
VPB-116--the Blue Raiders
B-24J
Serial #44-41328
Pacific Theatre
Pilot: Harold Williamson
Co-pilot/Navigators: Bernard Cesario, Clarence Rosemark
Crew: Stanley Chester, Julius Williamson, John Berry, Howard Bridge, Carl Drake, Lisby Wagner, Joseph Palsha, Valdimar Yshenkov
Easy Maid is part of the part of the Commemorative Air Force WWII Nose Art Collection, on display November 2015 through December 2017, at the EAA AirVenture Museum located at

More than 30 pieces of nose art from actual World War II combat aircraft made their first-ever trip outside their home museum, with the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh chosen as the first public display location for this rare collection.

The collection from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) headquarters in Dallas, Texas, made its debut in November 2015 after a month of preparation in the EAA museum’s Eagle Hangar, which honors the people and aircraft of World War II. The artifacts have been designated by the National Trust for Historical Preservation as an official project of Save America’s Treasures, which seeks to preserve historic structures, art, and published works throughout the nation. It will be on display at EAA throughout 2017.
Commemorative Air Force Headquarters

Click here for more information about the collection and to view all nose art photographed.


Nose art like Easy Maid was far
less common in the U.S. Navy,
where regulations were stricter
about aircraft decoration.

Olsen with one of his
nose art paintings.


Forever Amber is part of the Commemorative Air Force
WWII Nose Art Collection, on display during 2016

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