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USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

Bad Egg
B-17F-10-BO 41-24484

91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron

Nose art painted by
Jack GAFFNEY
91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron
Bassingbourn, England

 

One of the 91BG's original complement, assigned with just 69 hours logged, it had been ear-marked for the RAF and carried the early British camouflage scheme of dark green patches over olive drab. It flew un-named until returning from Lorient on 30th December 1942 with serious battle damage. Jack Gaffney painted the Donald Duck nose art on the port side at the request of crew chief M/Sgt Pierce. "Bad Egg" flew as lead ship on numerous occasions and its mission tally was embellished with a series of red and blue stars to denote this role. During its year of combat, the plane completed 43 missions, had 15 engine changes and had suffered hits in all main fuel tanks as well as having had its back almost broken on one occasion by 20mm cannon shells. On 31st December 1943, returning from a mission to Cognac airfield, the plane was diverted to Andrew's Field where, on touching down in poor weather, it ploughed into a jeep and killed its driver. Although declared Category E and salvaged, the rear section of the plane was used later to repair another damaged Fort from 3rd Bomb Division's 390th Bomb Group.

For More Information See:

Plane Names & Fancy Noses

Known Mission List

Date Pilot

Target

Notes
8 Nov 1942J W CarrollAbbevilleR/E (NS) - #2 eng out
17 Nov 1942J W Carroll / W R HarrisSt Nazaire
6 Dec 1942J W Carroll / D H FrankLille#4 eng and left wing tip hit by flak
20 Dec 1942J W Carroll / D H FrankRomilly-sur-Seine airfield(N)(B) WIA - 20mm (P) recommended for DFC
30 Dec 1942J W Carroll / D H FrankLorient / Keroman
27 Jan 1943Capt J W Carroll / D H FrankWilhelmshaven
26 Feb 1943E F Riley / M E FountainWilhelmshaven
27 Feb 1943E F Riley / Capt D E SheelerBrest
4 Mar 1943Capt J W Carroll / D H FrankHammFw190 destroyed
22 Mar 1943Capt J W Carroll / D H FrankWilhelmshavenLed Lead sqn
28 Mar 1943Capt J W Carroll / M E BrownRouen MY
31 Mar 1943Capt J W Carroll / D H FrankRotterdam
4 Apr 1943Paris-RenaultR/E (NS) - jettisoned bombs in sea
17 Apr 1943Capt J W Carroll / B PeekBremen
4 May 1943Capt J W Carroll / Capt C G GillespieAntwerpGroup lead
13 May 1943Capt J W Carroll / C M WoodburyMeaulte
14 May 1943Capt J W Carroll / C W WoodburyKiel
15 May 1943Capt J W Carroll / Capt R W WeitzenfeldWilhelmshaven-HeligolandMe109 + Me110 damaged
17 May 1943Capt J W Carroll / Maj C G GillespieLorient-KeromanGroup lead
29 May 1943Capt J W Carroll / B PeekSt Nazaire
11 Jun 1943Capt J W Carroll / Maj C G GillespieBremenGroup lead
15 Jun 1943Capt J H Carroll / J H McPartlinLe Mans (recalled)
22 Jun 1943Capt J W Carroll / W H WheelerHuls1 KIA + 1 WIA
4 Jul 1943D H Frank / Maj C G GillespieLe MansDeputy group lead
14 Jul 1943D H Frank / K B McPartlinAmiens
17 Jul 1943R C Heller / W J RowlandT/Op N.GermanyCat A - self inflicted
24 Jul 1943W H Wheeler / J H McPartlinHeroya
26 Jul 1943Capt Lethers / Maj BishopHamburgorig a/c #639 but crossed out
28 Jul 1943W H Wheeler / L J BianchiKassel (abortive-wx)
29 Jul 1943Capt H T Lay / N A DanielsKiel + T/Opp
30 Jul 1943W H Wheeler / L J BianchiKasselFw190 destroyed + Fw190 damaged
12 Aug 1943W H Wheeler / L BianchiRuhr (Bochum, Gelsinkirchen)
15 Aug 1943Capt D H Frank / K B RutledgeFlushing/VlissengenCat AC - flak + shell cases
24 Aug 1943VillacoublayR/E - Lost #2 eng (NS)
31 Aug 1943Capt H T Lay / Maj D G AlfordAmiens/Glisy a/f
4 Oct 1943R A Pitts / K B RutledgeFrankfurtCat A - flak + mg + self inflicted
10 Oct 1943R A Pitts / R ShippMunster
14 Oct 1943Capt H T Lay / LtCol T R MiltonSchweinfurt
3 Nov 1943Cap E M Lockhart / F/O P G McDuffeeWilhelmshavenCat A - flak + mg + shell cases
5 Nov 1943Capt E M Lockhart / N A DanielsGelsenkirchenR/E (NS) - #4 eng cut out at 25000ft, jettisoned bombs
13 Dec 1943Capt J H McPartlin / LtCol C G GillespieBremen
20 Dec 1943H H Evers / F/O P G McDuffeeBremenCat A - flak
30 Dec 1943H H Evers / F/O P G McDuffeeLudwigshaven
31 Dec 1943H H Evers / F/O P G McDuffeeCognac a/f


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