Colonel Joseph Laughlin Grinning in Front of his Original P-47

Title

Colonel Joseph Laughlin Grinning in Front of his Original P-47

Subject

Colonel Laughlin takes time to commemorate his first plane with the nose art painted by Captain George Rarey

Description

Colonel Laughlin talks and smiles as he poses in front of his first P-47. Although he had already been called Five by Five (for looking five feet tall and five feet wide) the elephant with the four leaf clover was a surprise. Captain George Rarey had painted it on the cowl of his plane while he was gone from the base. This was his reaction upon his return. The elephant, a caricature of Dumbo, holds a four leaf clover instead of a feather in a nod to Colonel Laughlin's Irish heritage. The black color on the cowl indicates this was before the men had entered combat.

Source

National Museum of the United States Air Force - Research Division

Publisher

United States Air Force

Date

1943

Files

Laughlin_in_front_of_original_P47.JPG

Citation

“Colonel Joseph Laughlin Grinning in Front of his Original P-47,” A Look At United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Laughlin, accessed April 8, 2020, https://coloneljoelaughlin.omeka.net/items/show/49.