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Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby Tomg44 » 26 Jun 2009 12:27

What, if anything, was the Luftwaffe policy on "Nose Art"?. I have seen examples of small artwork , but nothing as spectacular as the this sample, which I captured from a documentary called "Wings at War"
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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby hucks216 » 29 Jun 2009 15:54

There was also a desert based Stuka that had a snake running along the length of it's fuselage with the head on the cowling. There are two pictures of it on Pg 24 of the Osprey publication Luftwaffe Squadrons In North Africa (ISBN: 84-8372-452-9). Not certain, but with the stuka I think it was done for propaganda photo opportunities.

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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby nota » 01 Jul 2009 04:52

I think the germans had more unit symbols then individual art on their aircraft
usa forces had each pilots choice in art and names for the aircraft

each german unit had colors and maybe symbols on their aircraft but much less if at all
individual art different on each plane and or names

in some photos only a few of a line of planes will have the unit shields painted on them
I have no idea why if it was pilot option or lack to time and paint or if some other factor was in play
like officers got the shields or some other merit based system

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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby bf109 emil » 01 Jul 2009 07:22

I think Adolph Galland had a mickey mouse symbol he used on his planes, while Erich Hartmann had a black tulip painted on his cowling the prop

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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby tigre » 06 Jul 2014 15:19

Hello to all :D; a little complement.......................

Example of nose art in the JGr 102.

Source: Luftwaffe LEGION CONDOR & WWII JAGDFLIEGER Photo Album.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby tigre » 25 Jul 2014 23:04

Hello to all :D; a little more.......................

Example of nose art in the JGr 176.

Source: http://www.ww2incolor.com/german-air-fo ... 09-C2.html.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby Maxschnauzer » 26 Jul 2014 03:25

hucks216 wrote:There was also a desert based Stuka that had a snake running along the length of it's fuselage with the head on the cowling. There are two pictures of it on Pg 24 of the Osprey publication Luftwaffe Squadrons In North Africa (ISBN: 84-8372-452-9). Not certain, but with the stuka I think it was done for propaganda photo opportunities.


Hello hucks,
You are referring to the Ju 87 R-2/Trop of Hauptmann Hubert Pölz, Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub, when he flew with St.G. 3, Libya in 1941:
Ju_87_P_lz_4.jpg

There is some photographic evidence that there was another aircraft painted similarly or Pölz' was repainted slightly differently at some point. http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56309&page=8
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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby kstdk » 26 Jul 2014 09:26

Hello

Some images (also of the one from the first post here).

Source: Exp. Ebay auctions and one from Berlin Museum.

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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby tyskaorden » 27 Jul 2014 10:24

Yes the Luftwaffe tended to have only Unit Insignia painted on their Aircraft but there was some Individual insignia allowed.

For instance the Personal Focke-Wulff Fw 200 Condor of Grand Admiral Dönitz while commander of the Submarine Arm had below the Cockpit the Submarine War Badge with the inscription Albatros III below.

The Spanish Volunteer Squadron 15./JG 51 honoured fallen members of the Squadron by having thier name written on the engine of individual aircraft.

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The Aufklärungsgruppe 121 which flew He 45 and He 70 before the War from bases in East Prussia had individual Aircraft named after East Prussian Towns. The He 70s where "Gumbinnen", "Hohenstein", "Johannisburg", "Kraupisch" and "Marienburg" and the He 45s "Christburg", "Eydtkuhnen" and "Frögenau".


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Wolfshead insignia of the Zerstörer-Ergänzungsgruppe Deblin-Irena Poland 1942.

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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby von thoma » 27 Jul 2014 15:51

Bf 109 E-3 "Jaws".

Photo:http://www.pinterest.com/
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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby tigre » 29 Jul 2014 23:33

Hello to all :D; a little more.......................

Example of nose art in one Stukageschwader.

Source: La Segunda Guerra Mundial. Vol 1. Editorial SARPE.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby Maxschnauzer » 30 Jul 2014 02:28

Yet another example of Haifischmaulbemalung, this one on a Bf 110C/D of II./ZG 76. Source:http://falkeeins.blogspot.com/2012_05_01_archive.html:

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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby Ironmachine » 30 Jul 2014 17:16

von thoma wrote:Bf 109 E-3 "Jaws".

Photo:http://www.pinterest.com/

That's not a Luftwaffe's Bf 109, it's a Swiss aircraft.

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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby tigre » 02 Aug 2014 15:04

Hello to all :D; a little more.......................

Example of nose art in the II./ ZG 1.

Source: Der Adler Nº 10 – Mayo 19, 1942. French Edition.

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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Re: Nose Art on Aircraft

Postby Maxschnauzer » 03 Aug 2014 01:47

And here's a photo of an artist applying the Vespe nose art to a Bf 110:
Source http://on-the-step.com/aircraft-nose-art/

Nose-Art-Messerschmitt-BF-110-Painting.jpg
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