WW2 USAAF graffiti and artwork :: Shared Description

During WW2 the US Army Air Force (USAAF) occupied many of the aerodromes in East Anglia. In their spare time some of the servicemen decorated the walls of the buildings they lived and spent some time in with graffiti and murals. The 'noses' of many of their aircraft too were often embellished with paintings and, presumably to boost morale, bombing missions flown and downed enemy aircraft were recorded by either painting bombs or swastikas, often several rows of them, onto their aircraft. Others drew personal mission boards onto the walls of their barracks huts. Skillfully executed paintings depicting aircraft, semi-clad women, cartoon characters or landscape scenes have also been recorded. Some of this wartime artwork has been preserved in restored buildings and some has been extracted and is now on display in museums, but much remains in situ, often unrecorded, deteriorating in decades-old damp buildings and sadly, a lot has already been lost.
by Evelyn Simak
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TG2712 : WW2 USAAF graffiti by Evelyn Simak
TF9905 : Headquarters site at RAF Shipdham - mural by Evelyn Simak
TG1600 : RAF Hethel - the old chapel by Evelyn Simak
TM1972 : The Red Feather Club by Evelyn Simak
TG1600 : RAF Hethel Memorial Museum - Father Beck's room by Evelyn Simak
TM3185 : RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125) - Aero Club mural (2) by Evelyn Simak
TF9115 : Business premises in Dereham Road (USAAF mural) by Evelyn Simak
TF9115 : Business premises in Dereham Road (USAAF mural) by Evelyn Simak
TF9905 : Headquarters site at RAF Shipdham - mural by Evelyn Simak
TM1881 : The Engine shed (display) by Evelyn Simak
TF9905 : Headquarters site at RAF Shipdham - mural by Evelyn Simak
TM1972 : The Red Feather Club by Evelyn Simak
TG2712 : WW2 USAAF graffiti by Evelyn Simak
TG1600 : RAF Hethel - the old chapel by Evelyn Simak
TM3294 : Cracking plaster and fading paint by Evelyn Simak
TM3185 : RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125) - Aero Club mural (4) by Evelyn Simak
TF9905 : Headquarters site at RAF Shipdham - mural by Evelyn Simak
TG2712 : WW2 USAAF artwork by Evelyn Simak
TG2712 : WW2 USAAF artwork by Evelyn Simak
TM3294 : Fading paintwork by Evelyn Simak
TM0198 : Nissen hut on the Industrial Estate at Stalland Common by Evelyn Simak
TM1972 : The Red Feather Club by Evelyn Simak
TG2712 : WW2 USAAF artwork by Evelyn Simak
TM1973 : Graffiti in the old guardroom by Evelyn Simak
TM1972 : The Red Feather Club by Evelyn Simak

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Created: Thu, 4 Sep 2014, Updated: Thu, 4 Sep 2014

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