Nose Art Replica Paintings
No. 408 Squadron Halifax NP-714 was flown by F/O R.E. Johnson's crew. They called the aircraft "Veni-Vedi-Vici", Julius Caesar's well known quotation meaning, "I came, I saw, I conquered". The Johnson crew flew 25 operations in their Halifax and completed a tour of 30 operations. "Veni-Vedi-Vici" went on to complete a total of 66 operations. Interestingly, the artwork was first painted on canvas before being doped onto the fuselage. The nose art featured a girl drum major and a "V for Victory" as the aircraft carried the markings "EQ-V". It is thought that the girl was based on a comic character who appeared with the fictitious Canadian band leader, "Drummy Young". "Veni Vedi Vici" is one of fourteen panels of Halifax nose art currently on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.