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Dottie Mae – Nose Art

On being assigned the new ‘Jug’, Kuhl had S/Sgt Samuel L. Kirschenbaum from the communications section of 511FS to add the nose art and the name Dottie Mae (Kuhl’s wife at the time).

Kirschenbaum was a talented artist and the guy who had designed the 511FS emblem, and had painted the nose art on a number of P-47’s. The artwork was based on the new 1945 Vargas calendar that the 405FG received at the end of 1944. In the snow covered airfield of St. Dizier, the piece of artwork that either Kuhl or Kirschenbaum chose was ‘Santa’s Little Helper’, the December 1945 pin-up.

The artwork is nearly an exact copy but on a green background and without her holding a Father Christmas mask!

Additionally, the pilot’s details – Lt L.A. Kuhl was painted below the cockpit whilst on the other side were painted the names of the Crew Chief S/Sgt J. A. Thomas, Assist Crew Chief Sgt E. A. Bergstrom and armourer Sgt L. V. Hitchman. ‘29150 was now armed and ready to take on air support roles on behalf of the U.S. 3rd Army amongst others.