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LAC LAVERNE THOMAS ADAM SHEARER NOSE ARTIST OF THE OOMPH GAL
Born in Kitchener, Ontario, on the 7th July 1923, Laverne Shearer was employed as an Auto Mechanic before enlisting in the RCAF in 1941. He lived a remarkable life before passing away peacefully at a veteran’s hospital on 24th April 1969.
LAC Laverne Thomas Adam Shearer was posted to Leeming, Yorkshire’s 408 [Goose] Squadron in March 1943, as a class “A” Air Engine Mechanic. His prized nose art, KB929, “The Oomph Gal” code EQ-O, was named after American actress Ann Sheridan and also featured smaller images of Varga pin-up girls in crew positions. In the 1940s, it was considered normal to depict scantily clad or even bare-breasted young women to accompany a female aircraft name. This, perhaps, isn’t so very different from a ship’s figurehead design which was rumoured to help keep sea-monsters at bay.