Photos of B-24 Liberator Nose Art

Nose Art on WWII B-24s

Nose Art on Restored B-24s

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was a 4-engine, twin-tail heavy bomber designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego. Its first flight was on December 29, 1939, and it began service in 1941.

The B-24 provided excellent service in a variety of roles due to its large payload and long range.

B-24 Liberator "Night Mission" nose art
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Night Mission"

The B-24 was a more modern design than the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, with a higher top speed, greater range, higher ceiling, and a heavier bomb load. But the B-24 was more difficult to fly, with heavy control forces and poor formation-flying characteristics.

The positioning of the fuel tanks also made the plane prone to fire. The high fuselage-mounted wings also made it more difficult to survive crash landings on land or water.

The B-24's spacious, slab-sided fuselage was built around a central bomb bay with two compartments that could accommodate up to 8,000 pounds of ordnance each.

A total of 18,493 Liberators were built, more than any other aircraft in World War II.

Nose art was found on many models of the B-24 Liberator. Included on this page is a sampling of the nose art painted on B-24s during World War II.

Today, nose art can be seen on several restored B-24s. We have visited a number of aviation galleries, museums, air parks, and air shows nationwide, and include below some highlights of the excellent B-24 nose art we've had the privilege to photograph.

B-24 Airplane Nose Art Photographs from World War II

B-24 Liberator "Net Results" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Net Results" nose art
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Mabel's Labels" ... "Gimme a Great Big Smile!"
engines removed and awaiting the guillotine and smelter as reported in LIFE
B-24 Liberator "Mabel's Labels" ... "Gimme a Great Big Smile!" engines removed and awaiting the smelter
Nose art on the B-24 Liberator "Gambler's Luck" at Kingman Army Air Field in Arizona post-WWII
B-24 Liberator "Gambler's Luck" awaiting the furnace at Kingman Army Air Field in Arizona
Nose art on the B-24 Liberator "The Dragon and His Tail"
Nose art on the B-24 Liberator "The Dragon and His Tail"

The six B-24 Liberator photos below were taken by Alvin J. Regel, from Lincoln Township, Wisconsin. He was in the Army during WWII and served in Guam and the Philippines.
B-24 Liberator "Maid in The USA"
B-24 Liberator "Maid in The USA"
B-24 Liberator "The Butcher's Daughter"
B-24 Liberator "The Butcher's Daughter"
B-24 Liberator "Shamrock Sherry"
B-24 Liberator "Shamrock Sherry"
B-24 Liberator "Dream Gal"
B-24 Liberator "Dream Gal"
B-24 Liberator "Form 1-A"
B-24 Liberator "Form 1-A"
B-24 Liberator "Pretty Baby"
B-24 Liberator "Pretty Baby"

 

Nose art painted on Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Solid Comfort" at Kingman Army Air Field
Nose art painted on Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Solid Comfort" at Kingman Army Air Field
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Bottoms Up"
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Bottoms Up"
B-24 Liberator "Sweet Routine"
B-24 Liberator "Sweet Routine"
B-24 Liberator "Red Hot Riding Hood"
B-24 Liberator "Red Hot Riding Hood"
B-24 Liberator "Envy of 'em All"
B-24 Liberator "Envy of 'em All"
B-24 Liberator "Innocence Abroad"
B-24 Liberator "Innocence Abroad"
B-24 Liberator "Shy Chi Baby"
B-24 Liberator "Shy Chi Baby" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Who's Next?"
B-24 Liberator "Who's Next?" nose art

 

Nose art on the B-24 Liberator "Windy City Kitty" ... "It's Up to You" ...
in the Arizona desert after WWII at Kingman AAF
B-24 Liberator "Windy City Kitty" ... "It's Up to You" ... awaits an appointment with the smelter in the Arizona desert after WWII at Kingman AAF
B-24 Liberator "Virgin Abroad" nose art, after WWII at Kingman AAF
B-24 Liberator "Virgin Abroad" nose art, after WWII at Kingman AAF
B-24 Liberator "Night Mission" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Night Mission" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Buzz-Z Buggy" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Buzz-Z Buggy" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Gone With the Wind" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Gone With the Wind" nose art

 

B-24 Liberator "Atomic Blonde"
B-24 Liberator "Atomic Blonde"
B-24 Liberator "Hangover Haven"
B-24 Liberator "Hangover Haven"
B-24 Liberator "Texas Kate"
B-24 Liberator "Texas Kate"
B-24 Liberator "This Above All"
B-24 Liberator "This Above All"
B-24 Liberator "East Take Off"
B-24 Liberator "East Take Off"
B-24 Liberator "Nancy"
B-24 Liberator "Nancy"

 

B-24 Liberator "Rangy Lil" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Rangy Lil" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Rough Knight" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Rough Knight" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Surprise Attack" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Surprise Attack" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Thar She Blows III" nose art
B-24 Liberator "Thar She Blows III" nose art


B-24 Liberator "Rum and Coke"
B-24 Liberator "Rum and Coke"
B-24 Liberator "Going My Way"
B-24 Liberator "Going My Way"

 


Nose Art on Restored B-24 Liberators

Nose art on the Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" on the Wings of Freedom Tour in Tyler, Texas
Consolidated B-24 "Witchcraft" Liberator on the Wings of Freedom Tour in Tyler, Texas
Nose art on the Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 flown by the 446th Bomb Group based in Bungay, England. On display at Pima Air & Space in Arizona
Nose art on the Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 flown by the 446th Bomb Group based in Bungay, England
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" of the Commemorative Air Force
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" of the Commemorative Air Force

 

 

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