Nose Art Replica Paintings
Two Halifax aircraft of No. 432 Squadron RCAF carried this nose art that was inspired by the badge of the 339th Fighter Squadron of the United States Army Air Force. MZ-582 was marked "QO-Z" and flew a total of 38 operations between February and July 1944. The little character is a gremlin riding two bald eagles. As well as the bomb tally, the aircraft was marked with a set of wings to indicate the completion of a tour of operations. For Bomber Command aircrew, a tour of duty was generally thirty operations and upon its completion, a special badge similar to the one shown above the bomb tally in the photo at lower-right was issued to the airman. Nose artists sometimes honoured aircraft in a similar manner as was done with Halifax MZ-582. During August 1944, MZ-582 was replaced by NP-774.