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200yMMddFa_EL_000=_MG_0000_Original_noseart_from_WW2-Port_Moresby_Papua_New_Guinea-from_PCs-SkulCap-1.jpg
'Noseart' found near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  //  A World War 2 USAAF airman camped near Durand's Strip on the outskirts of Port Moresby in the 1940s painted this 'skull in a flight cap' over a finned bomb on an inspection cover (~15cm diameter) from an airplane at his base. The original was found in a campsite near Durand's Strip 19YY, upside-down and covered in ashes from a recent grassfire in the kunai-grass swards covering the Port Moresby hills.  The mud-covered outer ring shows traces of gold/yellow paint.  Durand's was used by the 3rd, 38th and 345th Bomb Groups, and the 49th Fighter Group from 1942-44. //Eric Lindgren//