National Air and Space Museum Archives

Nose Art Photography Collection [Serotkin]

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2000.0046
Creators:
Serotkin, Robert, 1911-1986
Dates:
1942-1945
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic feet
1 folder
32 photographs
Repository:
This collection consists of 32 black and white photographs relating to artist and photographer Robert Isadore Serotkin (1911-1986) and includes examples of the aircraft nose art which he painted while serving with the US Army Air Forces during World War II.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of 32 black and white photographs relating to Robert Serotkin and examples of the aircraft nose art which he painted during World War II. Seven images were copied by the museum from original negatives loaned by the Serotkin family; the remaining 25 images are original print photographs. The collection includes informal portrait photographs of Serotkin including one with his wife, Rose Shirley (Hymowitz) Serotkin; snapshots of Serotkin and fellow servicemen; and detail views of aircraft nose art. Aircraft pictured include the Boeing B-29 Superfortresses "Lady in Waiting" (s/n 44-84068), "R. S. M. Dragon" (s/n 44-83966), and "Slave Girl" (s/n 44-27307); Boeing F-9 "Margie's Mad Greek II" (s/n 42-30253) and Boeing F-9B Flying Fortress "Golden Hind" (s/n 42-6187); Boeing F-13A (R-13A, RB-29A) reconnaissance aircraft "Margie's Mad Greek III" (s/n 44-61843) and "Over Exposed" (s/n 44-61813); Consolidated B-24 Liberators "Lucky Strike" (believed to be s/n 44-41976), "Luvablass", and "Over Loaded"; and Douglas C-47 Skytrain "Cheri." Also included are three views of the wreck of the Martin (Glenn L.) PBM-5 Mariner "Cloud Hopper" on a beach in Okinawa in late 1945.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The photographs are grouped by subject.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Robert Isadore Serotkin was born May 23, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia from 1937-1938, and by 1941 was self-employed as a commercial photographer. Serotkin entered service with the US Army on February 12, 1942, and after basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi, was sent to the Army Air Forces (AAF) Technical School at Lowry Field, Colorado, from July-September 1942 for training as an aerial photographer. At the conclusion of his training, Serotkin was promoted to Staff Sergeant and assigned to the newly-redesignated 1st Photographic Mapping Squadron. Aerial mapping duties took Serotkin to posts in Africa at Accra (British Gold Coast), Morocco, and Egypt before being sent back to the United States for additional training in Boeing F-13A aircraft (the reconnaissance version of the B-29 Superfortress) at Smoky Hill Army Air Field in Salinas, Kansas. In September 1945, the squadron, now redesignated as 1st Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (Very Heavy), was posted to Okinawa. Throughout his military career, Serotkin put his skills as a commercial artist to good use by painting nose art (aircraft personal art) on various aircraft when the weather was too bad to fly mapping missions. Serotkin was discharged from the USAAF on January 20, 1946; he died in Boca Raton, Florida, on December 26, 1986.

Administration
Author
Melissa A. N. Keiser
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Rita Serotkin, gift, 2000, NASM.2000.0046
Processing Information
Described by Patti Williams, 2000; arranged, revised and encoded by Melissa A. N. Keiser, 2022.

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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
Nose Art Photography Collection [Serotkin], Acc. NASM.2000.0046, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
World War, 1939-1945 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes, Military -- Decoration Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Family Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boeing B-29 Superfortress Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Consolidated B-24 Liberator Family Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Martin (Glenn L.) PBM Mariner Family Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Commercial artists -- United States Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Serotkin, Robert, 1911-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Army Air Forces. 1st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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