Squeeze

© Photographed December 3, 2016, with permission of 
EAA AirVenture Museum
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
43.984169, -88.577507
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Squeeze
Squeeze refers to the slang for "contraband" often carried by crews flying the Hump route over the Himalayas. Like Squeeze, more than half of the nose art pieces in the museum's collection decorated bombers that flew in the China-Burma-India Theatre. Many of the bomber names and imagery depict the places and experiences of the aircrews that served there, such as Hump Time, Mama Foo Foo and Sack Time.

Squeeze reflects the incredible influence of the pin-up girl -- a popular art form in the '30s and '40s. Pin-ups filled the pages of magazines, calendars, advertisements and best-selling novels. Inspired by these images, nose art artists often painted the pin-ups on their aircraft. Here, Squeeze was inspired by a calendar pin-up painted by Art Frahm. Other artists took their cue from the popular work of Alberto Vargas, Gil Elvgren and George Petty.
First Restored
Squeeze is the first restored of the museum's 33 nose art pieces. Beginning in November 1997, Richard Trela, the conservator of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, analyzed, cleaned and conserved Squeeze in nine months. Upon grand opening of the new Aviation Art Gallery and Conservation Lab in 2001, the remainder of the nose art restoration will be accomplished here at the Airpower Museum.
B-24M
Serial #44-42020
China-Burma-India Theatre
14th Air Force
308th Bomb Group
374th Bomb Squadron
Pilots: Atkinson, Strictland
Squeeze is part of the Commemorative Air Force WWII Nose Art Collection, on display November 2015 through December 2017, at the EAA 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.


Art Frohm's illustrative style reflects the
romantic and soft side of the pin-up genre.

Each flaking paint chip was heated
and reattached with a special bonding
agent called Acryloid B-72.

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

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