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Title ATC Alaskan Division Nose Art
Date ca. 1942-1945
Collection Markle Sparks Collection
Object Name Photograph, Black-and-White
Catalog Number 2014.32.2
Description Black & white photograph of nose art painted on aircraft from the Alaskan Division of the Air Transport Command (ATC) during World War II. Nose art shows a totem pole superimposed on a blue circle that has a section of the Alaska state flag showing of eight gold stars: seven from the constellation Ursa Major, or the Big Dipper. The eighth being the North Star, representing the northern most state. Background of the nose art is a dark triangle with a light border. White mountains painted inside the lower half of the triangle.
Photographer Sparks, Markle
Provenance Photograph made and owned by Western Airlines Capt. Markle H. Sparks, a Western Airlines pilot, hired on 10/09/1942 and retired in 1975. He flew with the Alaskan Division of the Air Transport Command (ATC) during World War II.

Western Airlines was one of the civilian airlines that operated contract assignments for the Alaskan Division of U.S. Air Transport Command during World War II, carrying troops and supplies to northern defense bases.
Search Terms Western Airlines
World War II
Air Transport Command (ATC)
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
United States Army
United States Air Force
Subjects Totem poles
Military air pilots
Military mobilizations
Photographic prints
Credit line Gift of Sally Trapnell in memory of Capt. Markle Sparks
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