The Mary Alice was named for the pilot’s mother. A B-17 was painted with Mary Alice’s nose art as a display for the Imperial Air Museum, Duxford, England.
The b&w photo of the jacket hasn’t had any mission marks added yet. The color photo of the jacket has the crew members mission marks and a kill mark for the attacking Me-410 it shot down on a mission over Dessau, Germany
Der Grossarschvogel is listed as the name of an B-17 with the 401st BG. Translated it means, “The Big Butt Bird”. The plane also used the name, “You All Right”. Some planes had more than one name, they were renamed by new crews or they had a right side and a left side name painted on.
"Baby Lu" aka "Grin ‘n Bare It" 612th BS, 401st BG, 8th AF
Flew 109 missions and survived the war. The right side of the aircraft had, Grin’n Bare It, painted on it and the left side Baby Lu. The flight jackets for the crews had either logo and each crew member had a different pin-up girl.
Heaven Sent was a B-17 with the 100th bomb Group, 350th Bomb Squadron, 8th Air Force, the groups nickname was the Bloody Hundredth.
The nose artist was Michael Garemko. Michael Garemko entered the Royal Canadian Air Force in early 1941 and was sent by train to Toronto for basic training at Mannign Depot. He was going through advanced training in Winnipeg, Manitoba in early 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He never completed pilot training in RCAF but transferred to USAAF and went to Officer Cadet Pilot Training. He washed out as a pilot and without a college degree, he could not qualify for Bombardier or Navigational training. His love of the air kept him in the Air Corps and he went to Gunnery training/Engineering School. He became a TTE and flew on "Heaven Sent" and completed 34 Missions. Garemko and Sgt. Frank Stevens were also responsible for painting the aircraft nose art and A-2 jackets for the 100th.
The 409th flew the A-20 “Havoc” light bomber and Douglas A-26 “Invader” medium bomber and was originally trained in low-level attack missions. However, the group was busy flying medium-altitude bombing runs from 10,000 ft. Over 100 missions were flown by the group, attacking coastal defences, V-weapon sites, aerodromes, and other targets in France in preparation for the invasion of Normandy. The group supported ground forces during the Battle of Normandy by hitting gun batteries, rail lines, bridges, communications, and other objectives. During July 1944, aided the Allied offensive at Caen and the breakthrough at Saint-Lô with attacks on enemy troops, flak positions, fortified villages, and supply dumps.
Wilber Gooder’s A-2 jacket, he served with the 461st bomb group, attached to the 15th AAF.
Mrs Aldaflak was a popular play on words for flight crews dodging flak.
The jacket with the pin-up girl is an example of a sewn on applique. The pin-up either came from a damaged, previously painted jacket or a separately painted piece of leather. It was not uncommon for local artisans to paint ‘nose art’ on leather and sell them to flight crews, who would have them sewn on their own jackets. The jacket in the b&w photo has a large space between Mrs Aldaflak and his home state of Rhode Island. It might have been left blank to be painted later, or have a painted applique sewn on.