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B-29 "G.I. Miss U!"

Front crest has a detail of the beautiful nose-art.

The main artwork on the back of the shirt has two B-29's

"Special Delivery" and "G.I. Miss U!"

with a larger version of the sexy nose art.

Printed on a ring spun, white, 100% Cotton, Hanes Beefy-T.

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“G.I. Miss U.”

B-29 and Pinup

In their own way, Betty Grable’s legs played a part in winning World War II right alongside the B-17 bomber, M1 Rifle, DC-3 transport, 2 -1/2 ton truck and Sherman tank. Our young flyers were indeed motivated by patriotism, of the absolute need to win the war for freedom. But they were also inspired by the dreams of what might come with that victory, that freedom. And first on that dream list was a “dream girl,” often depicted in the idealized images of the pinup photos they posted above their bunks, and the “nose art” they painted on their planes. Daily reminders of these dream girls were powerful “motivations” in the deadly daily grind of war.

The “Nose Art” that decorated U.S. planes from the desert air of North Africa to the the frozen skies above Mount Fuji is still remembered and treasured today, and mirrored in some of the aircraft that fly daily missions over Afghanistan and Iraq.

The pinnacle of “nose art” came in the final year of World War II on the sides of the gleaming Boeing B-29 “Superfortress” bombers attacking Japan. The B-29 truly was a super plane, a huge technical step up after it’s predecessors, the B-17 “Flying Fortress,” and B-24 “Liberator.”

The 29’s four engines were uprated to Pratt & Whitney R-4360 radial "Wasp Majors,” each with 28 cylinders in four-rows. Engine disp lacement was 4,362.50 cubic inches (71.5 L). Initial engines developed 3,000 hp, but the final models delivered 4,300 hp using two large turbochargers in addition to the supercharger, giving a power to weight ratio of 1.11 hp/lb, a number matched by very few engines.

With the revolutionary Central Fire Control System (CFCS), four gunners were able to aim and fire four remote controlled turrets, armed with .50 cal M2/AN machine guns,

with the use of four General Electric made analog computers which corrected for the B-29's airspeed, the target's speed, target lead, gravity, temperature, barrel wear, and humidity. Because of this, the .50 caliber machine guns of the B-29 had a maximum effective range of 1,000 yards, double the range of the manually aimed machine guns of the B-17

But the B-29’s greatest defense was the speed and altitude it could achieve: 350 true mph and 40,000 ft, faster and higher than the Japanese defenses could easily reach. The crew also enjoyed, for the first time in a bomber, full pressurized comfort, meaning heat and oxygen without clumsy masks at over 7.5 miles high.

The B-29 fought in the Pacific from June 1944 till the end of the war, first as a high then as a low altitude bomber. The best know bomber of the war, alongside “The Memphis Bell” B-17, was the “Enola Gay” B-29, famous as the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. B-29’s were again called to duty flying night missions in the Korean war, only ending their active service life when jet engines became dominate.

“G. I. Miss U.” depicts a squadron of B-29’s led by a tearful “dream girl,” hoping, wishing and praying for her young soldier to come home.

So when we remember the war-winning weapons of World War II, let’s give a cheer for Betty, Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Lamour, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner and all of the lesser known “dreamgirls” in hometowns across America who inspired and waited for their “flyboys!”

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