EAA AirVenture Museum
U.S. Navy Patrol BombersPainted 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.
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.
Navy Bureau / Serial #38823
VPB-116--the Blue Raiders
Pacific TheatrePilot: 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
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.Commemorative Air Force Headquarters
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.
Click here for more information about the collection and to view all nose art photographed.
Click here for more information about the collection
and to view all nose art photographed.