Nose Art Replica Paintings
During 1943, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios based in Hollywood, California offered to "adopt" the Royal Canadian Air Force's No. 427 Squadron that was flying Halifax Bombers. A special presentation was held to formalize the relationship. Mr. Samuel Eckman Jr., managing director of M.G.M. (England), attended and the No. 427 commanding officer, Dudley Burnside, was present as well. Featured at the event was Halifax DK-186 (ZL-L). The bomber was painted with nose art featuring the M.G.M. lion (with wings) flying while holding a bomb between its paws. The bomber was named "London's Revenge". From this point on, many of the squadron's aircraft were named for MGM ladies whose names began with the same letter as the aircraft's code letter.