To the thousands of young men who climbed in to the narrow fuselage of Avro’s Lancaster bomber the aircraft was more than just a means to attack Germany. It was every bit a part of the crew and the aircraft in turn reflected that crew. Therefore personalizing the aircraft became a morale booster and helped fuse the crew together and the best way to personalize an aircraft was with nose art.
Here are a few examples of Lancaster nose art showing that the RAF were just as creative (and sometime gratuitous) as their USAAF comrades in their B-17s and B-24s.
A total force of sixty Tornado GR.1s participated in Operation: Granby, the British contribution to the effort to liberate Kuwait from Iraq in 1991. Flying from Tabuk and Dhahran in Saudi Arabia as well as Muharraq in Bahrain the aircraft were instrumental in helping keep the Iraqi Air Force on the ground thanks to its JP233 munitions dispenser system. With their western Europe grey/green camouflage replaced by an overall ‘Desert Pink’ scheme the aircraft involved were soon adorned with a variety of colourful nose art; a tradition that harks back to the Lancasters and Halifax bombers of World War II.
Here are just a selection