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B-17F "The Mustang" 41-24554 left side of nose with nickname nose art and scoreboard
In late 1943, this B-17 was at the 13th Air Depot (13th AD) in New Caledonia. On the left side of the nose was a large scoreboard with six rows of bomb markings with twenty bomb markings in the first six rows and nine in the last row indicating 129 bombing missions flown plus silhouettes of seventeen aircraft claimed by gunners plus nine silhouettes of ships claimed as sunk to the left of the bombs. Below the navigator's window and USAAF serial number stencil was seven hearts inside a white squares indicated Purple Hearts earned by crew members wounded aboard this bomber. Below was the nickname "Mustang" outlined in white and the nose art of a the head of a white mustang horse.
Credit: USAAF, 43rd BG  Date: 1943

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