Forever Amber

© Photographed December 3, 2016, with permission of
EAA Air Venture Museum
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
43.984169, -88.577507

The nose art artist of Forever Amber found inspiration in two sources: a Varga Girl and a wildly popular novel of the '40s. Published by Kathleen Winsor, the novel Forever Amber tells the story of a beautiful girl named Amber Sr. Clair and her amorous adventures in 17th century England. Outselling every other American novel of the '40s, the book was banned in some cities for its raciness.
Pop Culture Influences
Forever Amber's artist uniquely combined the influence of the pin-up and the novel. Although borrowing a Varga Girl pose, the artist depicts the figure as a 17th century woman. Dressing her in white frilled undergarments and giving her curly hair, the artist positions her on on invisible perch. The artist also devoted attention to the aircraft's name, adding intricate letters that matched the style of the pin-up's attire.
Serial #42-73188
China-Burna-India Theatre
14th Air Force
308th Bomb Group
374th Bomb Squadron
Pilot: Leonard Podgett
Co-Pilot: John Starch
Navigator: Jack Dolan
Crew: Harold Davis, Richard Gadfield, Benjamin Parry, Raymond Thurber, George Linardos, Harry Begel, George Morris, Vincent Piccoli, William Barham, Andrew Forbes
Forever Amber is part of the Commemorative Air Force WWII Nose Art Collection, on display November 2015 through December 2017 at the EAA Air Venture Museum located at

More than 30 pieces of nose art from actual World War II combat aircraft made their first-ever trip outside their home museum, with the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh chosen as the first public display location for this rare collection.

The collection from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) headquarters in Dallas, Texas, made its debut in November 2015 after a month of preparation in the EAA museum’s Eagle Hangar, which honors the people and aircraft of World War II. The artifacts have been designated by the National Trust for Historical Preservation as an official project of Save America’s Treasures, which seeks to preserve historic structures, art, and published works throughout the nation. It will be on display at EAA throughout 2017.
Commemorative Air Force Headquarters

Click here for more information about the collection and to view all nose art photographed.

Pin-ups as well as aircraft names were
often used more than once, as illustrated
by this version of Forever Amber.

Like Forever Amber's artist, this nose art artist painted
a Varga Girl, which appeared in a 1945 calendar.

Forever Amber is part of the Commemorative Air Force
WWII Nose Art Collection, on display through December 2017

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