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[Artist's Notebook: Hell's Angels WWII Unit]

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[Artist's Notebook: Hell's Angels WWII Unit]

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An original portfolio of art reference images compiled by T/Sgt. Wilbur E. Mooring (b.1915), member of the 303rd Bomb Group, a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber unit active in the European Theatre and the origin of the name: "Hell's Angels." Mooring's contribution to the 303rd does not appear to be well documented, though a hand drawn map, credited to him, appears on the Group's official website (http://www.303rdbg.com/pp-bombroutemap1-15.html). His obvious skill as an artist, the multiple clippings of beautiful women present here, and the similarity in his lettering style to images of the unit's planes raise the possibility of his having contributed to the Group's famed nose art. Archived city directories and ancestral information suggests Mooring was employed as an industrial designer in Dallas and died in 1989. 

MOORING, Wilbur E. ART REFERENCE FILES: Photos and Drawings of Modern and Futuristic Pictures, Sea Shells, Women's Faces and Miscellaneous Pictures. [Cover Title - Original Reference Portfolio]. London: 1943-1944. 4to. portfolio. Approximately 12 1/2" x 9." Paper covered boards. Vertically bound by an Acco brand fastener at upper margin. Hand-lettered title page mounted to front. 44 leaves, numbered in pencil, each with neatly trimmed and outlined magazine or book clippings adhesive mounted to rectos. 1, approximately 7" square ink drawing laid-in loose. Well preserved. About very good-plus.

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An original portfolio of art reference images compiled by T/Sgt. Wilbur E. Mooring (b.1915), member of the 303rd Bomb Group, a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber unit active in the European Theatre and the origin of the name: "Hell's Angels." Mooring's contribution to the 303rd does not appear to be well documented, though a hand drawn map, credited to him, appears on the Group's official website (http://www.303rdbg.com/pp-bombroutemap1-15.html). His obvious skill as an artist, the multiple clippings of beautiful women present here, and the similarity in his lettering style to images of the unit's planes raise the possibility of his having contributed to the Group's famed nose art. Archived city directories and ancestral information suggests Mooring was employed as an industrial designer in Dallas and died in 1989. 

MOORING, Wilbur E. ART REFERENCE FILES: Photos and Drawings of Modern and Futuristic Pictures, Sea Shells, Women's Faces and Miscellaneous Pictures. [Cover Title - Original Reference Portfolio]. London: 1943-1944. 4to. portfolio. Approximately 12 1/2" x 9." Paper covered boards. Vertically bound by an Acco brand fastener at upper margin. Hand-lettered title page mounted to front. 44 leaves, numbered in pencil, each with neatly trimmed and outlined magazine or book clippings adhesive mounted to rectos. 1, approximately 7" square ink drawing laid-in loose. Well preserved. About very good-plus.