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"Windy City Kitty"

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Title: "Windy City Kitty"
Description: Mechanic Sergeant Raymond Smith of Ontario, Wisconsin, stands next to the nose art, "Windy City Kitty," depicting a naked woman in the "pin-up style" on the fuselage of his warplane. The airfield is near Port Moresby, New Guinea (present day Papua New Guinea). Robert Doyle wrote a caption for this image although it was not published at that time, "Airman poses beside B-24 at airstrip in New Guinea. Plane is named after cartoon character featured in Yank Down Under, Australian edition of Army Magazine Yank." She was a "racy cartoon character named 'Windy City Kitty,' from Chicago, Illinois," created by Sergeant Jack Crowe.

Image ID: 99919
November 17, 1943 
Doyle, Robert
Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995
Genre: Photograph
Robert Doyle was a civilian war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II, covering the experiences of Wisconsin troops in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, an infantry division of the United States Army National Guard. The "Red Arrow" Division consisted mainly of soldiers from Wisconsin and Michigan.
Subjects: Mascots
Signs and symbols
Caricatures and cartoons
Airplane, Military
Armed Forces
Military uniforms
Transportation, Military
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
Portrait photography
Military bases
Air bases

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