The U.S.-led coalition has ramped up its airstrikes against the ISIS in the wakes of the Paris attacks. Pictures of Hellfire bombs said to have been used to wipe out the terrorist group were inscribed with love notes that reads, “From Paris with Love.”
Photos of the Hellfire missiles and JDAMs engraved with the famous quote from the city of love are being shared on Twitter, Reddit and imgur. Morning News USA could not immediately verify the authenticity of the photos but the one we saw had a big “USAWTFM” watermark in the center. MNU traced the watermark from the U.S. Army W.T.F. Moments Facebook page which also posted a photo of the Statue of Liberty brandishing assault rifles.
The photo of the “From Paris, With Love” missiles was posted with this caption: “Hey ISIS! USAWTFM is sending you a care package from the people of France. Now taking requests and dedications via our USAF support element.”
While the photos could have been Photoshopped in naught, a 2013 article from Vice discussed the long history of “love note” written by soldiers on bombs or other weapons. The penchant for the act dated as far back as the World War I. Vice noted at the time that writing on war weapons is a long standing military tradition. Soldiers are said to be fond of it because they thought the practice was lucky. Citing “Aircraft Nose Art: From World War 1 to Today” a 1991 book written by Jeffrey Ethell and Clarence Simonsen, Vice told of a story about an American pilot in Vietnam who said inscribing notes on war weapons was “deeply related to the very primitive magical notion that, once you have named something, you have control over it.”
The Washington Post had also compiled photos from WW2 archive that show bombs with “love notes.” There was a picture of bombs inscribed with “Merry Xmas Adolf” during WW2. There was also a photo of U.S. bombs for mainland Japan in 1945 inscribed with the message: “Have you heard this? It’ll kill ya.”