93RD AERO SQUADRON "SCREAMING INDIAN" NOSE ART PANEL, 1918 39 x 23.5in (99 x 60cm)

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93RD AERO SQUADRON "SCREAMING INDIAN" NOSE ART PANEL, 1918
39 x 23.5in (99 x 60cm)

Sold for US$ 31,250 inc. premium
93RD AERO SQUADRON "SCREAMING INDIAN" NOSE ART PANEL, 1918
A grey camouflage section of fabric aircraft skin taken from a Spad biplane depicting a screaming Indian's head in profile wearing trailing feathers and adorned with red, white, blue and yellow paint.

The 93rd aero squadron of the Air Service, US Army, was tasked with clearing the skies of enemy aircraft and escorting reconnaissance and bombardment aircraft. The image of the fierce and intimidating American Indian was a common motif amongst US squadrons of the time, as reflecting the impact in the popular imagination of the Indian wars of the previous century. The 93rd's own depiction was commissioned on the orders of a transfer from the French Lafayette Squadron, Bill Thaw, and was sketched by artist and future successful architect John Wentworth. The 93rd would end the war with 32 aerial victories out of 64 combats after flying 157 missions, disbanding on 11 December, 1918. This piece was first acquired by a mechanic of the 93rd, who likely reclaimed it from a damaged or decommissioned aircraft as a memento of service.
39 x 23.5in (99 x 60cm)
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93RD AERO SQUADRON "SCREAMING INDIAN" NOSE ART PANEL, 1918 39 x 23.5in (99 x 60cm)
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