I recently had the esteemed pleasure of acquiring two nose art photos of PB4Y-2 airplanes. Using the power of the internet, I was able to look up the two planes, the Green Cherries, and the Lady Luck II. With a bit of luck I tracked down the name of the original artist. Hal Olsen painted over 100 nose art pin-up ladies on various planes in the PTO. He charged $50 per painting and eventually used the money to enter formal art school and travel with his wife. Having tracked him down, I wrote him a nice letter asking for his autograph and promising that I would send along some copies of my photos. They go out in the mail tomorrow! For now, check out the shots and the nice card he sent me.
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I have a nice photo of Ladyluck II that my grandfather took on Iwo Jima in 1945. Is there anyway I can get Mr Olsens address as well?
Did I ever send you his address>
Hello aEric, My Name is Craig Olsen, Hal is my dad, I can give you a email address so we might visit about your photo.
hi my grandfather flew with vp 109 crew 18. he flew on green cherries. wonder if you had any photos you could share
Lance, All I have are a few nose art shots of Green Cherries. I sadly don’t have any of crew 18.
I have a large collection of photos taken by my Father in the Philippines in WW2. I have many of these plane pictures. Can you contact me?
Tina, Thanks for the word about my Dad’s nose art. Are you on Facebook?
I know the co-pilot of “Abroad for Action” which went down in the Pacific in 1945. I believe Hal Olson was a member of that plane’s crew. My friend has a sketch done by Olson at the time of the plane’s loss.
Interesting! I would love to see a photo or scan of the sketch. I could even put your friend in touch with Hal. Let’s touch base. Email me at email@example.com