Photos of B-17 Flying Fortress Nose Art

Nose art on B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"
Nose art on B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 4-engine heavy bomber is one of the most famous, and successful, planes ever built. The B-17 received the name "Flying Fortress" from a Seattle news reporter who commented on its defensive firepower, and said "It's a Flying Fortress".

B-17s served in every World War II combat zone. The aircraft is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. The B-17 flew mostly out of England, equipping 26 of the 40 bombardment groups of the 8th Air Force.

Because of their long-range capability, formations of B-17s often flew into battle with no fighter escort, relying on their own defensive capabilities to insure a successful mission.

Nose art was found on many models of the B-17 Flying Fortress, as seen in the photographs below.

Photographs of B-17 Flying Fortress Nose Art in World War II

B-17 Flying Fortress "You've Had It" nose art
B-17 Flying Fortress "You've Had It" nose art
B-17 Flying Fortress "Sweet LaRhonda" nose art
B-17 Flying Fortress "Sweet LaRhonda" nose art
Nose art on B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"
Nose art on B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"


Nose Art on Current Day B-17 Flying Fortresses

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" nose art
Airplane nose art on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders"
of the Gulf Coast Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF)
Nose art on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340 at the Barksdale AFB airpark
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340 at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around" nose art, at the 390th Memorial Museum, Tucson
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around" nose art
Military bomber nose art on B-17 Flying Fortress "Short Bier" on display near Salt Lake City
Military bomber nose art on B-17 "Short Bier" in Ogden, Utah
Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress "Virgin's Delight" - S/N 43-38635 - near Merced, California

Nose art on the B-17G "Virgin's Delight" - S/N 43-38635 in California

Nose art on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" of the Collings Foundation

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" of the Collings Foundation

Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress, "Starduster", S/N 44-6393, at the March Field Air Museum in California
Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress, "Starduster", S/N 44-6393, at the March Field Air Museum in California
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" nose art
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" nose art