Ruptured Duck Nose Art
My father, Roger V. Lovelace was one of the pioneers of Nose Art during World War II. He designed the Ruptured Duck artwork and painted it on the B-25B bomber that participated in the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo. The following is from the book Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (Random House pub. 1943) :
That's how history has recorded the story but my father told it a bit differently:
After others had seen the plane with the new nose art they hired professional sign painters with air brush equipment to paint more planes with nose art including pin-ups, ferocious and protective characters and the like.
Sketched especially for PICTURE is "The Ruptured Duck", the Donald Duck caricature that Roger Lovelace painted on his crew's B-25 Billy Mitchell bomber. This was the bomber flown by the 1st Lt. Ted Lawson on the famed Doolittle Raid described in Lawson's book "Thirty Seconds over Tokyo. Roger Lovelace trained with the Doolittle fliers but missed the raid because of a last-minute accident.
Read the brochure that this photo came from.
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