Halifax Mk. 3 (serial LV953) was delivered to No. 431 Squadron on 22 March 44. Before seeing any action it was transferred to No. 424 Squadron and then again transferred to No. 420 squadron on 25 March 1944. Between 20/21 April 1944 and 16/17 January 1945, LV953 completed 73 operations. Nineteen of these were flown by the crew of F/Sgt. R.W. Burton.
The nose art was painted by Floyd “Skip” Rutledge. “Skip” got the idea from a Walt Disney ad that appeared in the November 1944 issue of Saturday Evening Post magazine.