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USAAF Nose Art Research Project


 

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B-17G-30-BO 42-31767

100th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Squadron

Nose art painted by
Sgt Frank STEVENS
100th Bomb Group, 351st Bomb Squadron
Thorpe Abbotts, England

 

Frank Stevens painted the artwork for this B17G onto canvas which was then glued onto the side of the plane producing one of the largest examples of applique seen in airplane nose art. Once again, Stevens used his considerable skill to produce a fine study of the female form dressed in the thinnest of swimsuits to avoid a confrontation with the censors. The title had been based on the popular movie starring Rita Hayworth -- one of the many GI pin-up stars of the era.

Arriving in January 1944, its first combat raid was on 3rd February. It went on to complete more missions than any other Fort flown out of Thorpe Abbotts -- 135. More than 500 crew men served in this plane before it was returned to the USA and ultimate scrapping at Kingman, AZ.

If you can add any further detail to this mission listing I would be pleased to hear from you.

My sincere thanks for Jack O'Leary and Mike Faley for their most welcome assistance and additions.
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For More Information See:

Merseburg: Blood, Flak & OilPlane Names and Bloody Noses

Known Mission List

Date Pilot

Target

Notes
31 Jan 1944R J Shoens /(Frankfurt) scrubbedNon sortie - mission scrubbed
3 Feb 1944 Wilhelmshaven351 sqn diary notes this a/c's 1st mission as 2nd Feb 44 but no mission was flown that day, it is assumed the date should have been 3rd Feb.
4 Feb 1944R J Shoens /FrankfurtFlew #2, 2nd element high sqn
6 Feb 1944R J Shoens /EvreuxFlew #3, 2nd element low sqn
9 Feb 1944R J Shoens /(Halberstadt) scrubbedNon sortie - mission scrubbed
10 Feb 1944R J Shoens /BrunswickFlew #3, lead element high sqn
13 Feb 1944R J Shoens /Hesdin / Bois RempresV weapon site - flew #7 lead sqn
21 Feb 1944R J Shoens /Vecht airfieldFlew #2, 2nd element high sqn
22 Feb 1944R J Shoens /(Schweinfurt) recalledFlew #3, 2nd element high sqn
24 Feb 1944R J Shoens /RostockFlew #2, 2nd element low sqn
25 Feb 1944R J Shoens /RegensburgFlew #3, lead element lead sqn
29 Feb 1944R J Shoens /BrunswickNon sortie - returned early
2 Mar 1944R J Shoens /Chartres airfieldFlew #3, 2nd element lead sqn
3 Mar 1944R J Shoens /Berlin (recalled)Flew #2, 2nd element high sqn
4 Mar 1944R J Shoens /Berlin (recalled)Non sortie - returned early, lost oxygen
6 Mar 1944R J Shoens /BerlinCat A damage - flak hit inner right wing & fin. (TT) 1 e/a
15 Mar 1944R J Shoens /BrunswickFlew #3, lead element high sqn
16 Mar 1944R J Shoens /AugsburgNon sortie -- airborne spare
18 Mar 1944R J Shoens /LechfeldFlew #2, lead element high sqn
19 Mar 1944R J Shoens /MimoyecquesV weapon site -- flew #2, lead element low sqn
22 Mar 1944R J Shoens /BerlinFlew #1, 2nd element low sqn
23 Mar 1944S D Eichen /Brunswick 
27 Mar 1944R J Shoens /Bordeaux-Merignac airfieldFlew #1, 2nd element high sqn
28 Mar 1944R J Shoens /ChateaudunFlew #1, 2nd element lead sqn
11 Apr 1944R J Shoens /RostockFlak damage to left wing, #2 engine hit, right outer wing
22 Apr 1944G W Rake /Hamm 
25 Apr 1944J Hunter /Dijon / Longvic airfield 
27 Apr 1944E J Simmons /FlottmanvilleNon sortie - airborne spare
27 Apr 1944E J Simmons /LeCulot airfield 
1 May 1944R J Shoens /Wizernes (abortive)Flew #1, lead element low sqn
7 May 1944E J Simmons / ;BerlinCategory A damage
9 May 1944E J Simmons /Loan-Couvron / Athies 
11 May 1944E J Simmons /Liege rail yards 
12 May 1944S D Eichen /BruxReturned early -- sortie credited
19 May 1944E Zapf / W LawsonBerlin(B) unconscious in b/bay - 20mm hit forward of cockpit
20 May 1944E J Simmons /Brussels (abortive) 
23 May 1944E J Siewert /TroyesNon sortie - airborne spare
24 May 1944E J Simmons /BerlinCategory AC damage - 20mm in left wing, right fuselage, radio room
14 Jun 1944R Cummings /LeCulot (abortive) 
21 Jun 1944L G Bennett /Basdorf 
22 Jun 1944H W Woodall /Paris 
29 Jun 1944B L Scott /Bohlen 
4 Jul 1944W T Greiner /Gien (abortive) 
6 Jul 1944D L Darby / F B MusserCrepieulV weapon site -- bombs hung up, did not drop
7 Jul 1944R Cumming /Bohlen 
8 Jul 1944W B Kennedy /Clamecy-Joigny RR bridgeBombs hung up - brought back
11 Jul 1944D L Darby / F B Musser /Munich 
12 Jul 1944R Cumming /Munich 
13 Jul 1944R Cumming /MunichRecorded as "50 missions" to date
19 Jul 1944R Cumming /SchweinfurtNon sortie - airborne spare
20 Jul 1944R Cumming /MerseburgMerseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
21 Jul 1944R Cumming /LudwigshafenBombed with 379BG
28 Jul 1944R L Stevenson /MerseburgMerseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
29 Jul 1944R Cumming /MerseburgMerseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
2 Aug 1944T H Kemp /Torgnier / LaFiere 
3 Aug 1944R Cumming /Troyes 
4 Aug 1944R Cumming /Hamburg 
5 Aug 1944W B Kennedy /Magdeburg 
8 Aug 1944G Brown /St Sylvain(N) R Bayer WIA - 38 flak holes in a/c
11 Aug 1944R Cumming /Villacoublay airfield 
14 Aug 1944D N Ellison /Ludwigshaven 
15 Aug 1944D L Thompson /Venlo airfield 
24 Aug 1944C J Hedin /Ruhland 
3 Sep 1944P A Kramp /Brest 
5 Sep 1944R Cumming /Stuttgart 
11 Sep 1944R Cumming / J J WilliamsonRuhlandReturned early (sortie ??) - jettisoned load
12 Sep 1944C J Hedin /Magdeburg 
25 Sep 1944O E Hopkins / F ReadLudwigshafen 
26 Sep 1944O E Hokins / F ReadBremen 
17 Oct 1944W B Kennedy /Cologne 
5 Nov 1944 LudwigshafenCat A flak damage, #1 supercharger hit & left fuselage
2 Dec 1944R L Dovel /Koblenz 
5 Dec 1944H F Streich /BerlinBrought back one bomb, #2 engine feathered
11 Dec 1944R L Dovel /Giessen rail yardsCat A damage
12 Dec 1944R L DovelDarmstadt#2 eng rough, #1 & #2 engines changed
24 Dec 1944R L Dovel /Biblis 
25 Dec 1944R L Dovel /Kaiserlautern 
27 Dec 1944R L Dovel /Fulda 
28 Dec 1944R L Dovel /Koblenz 
30 Dec 1944J W Knowles /Kassel 
5 Jan 1945R L Dovel /Frankfurt rail yardsReturned early (sortie) - #3 engine, jettisoned 20 miles from target
6 Jan 1945R L Dovel /Germersheim 
7 Jan 1945R L Dovel /Cologne 
10 Jan 1945R L Dovel /Cologne 
13 Jan 1945R L Dovel /Mainz 
14 Jan 1945R L Dovel /Derben 
17 Jan 1945M L Kodas /HamburgCat A damage + #1 eng oil temp high
20 Jan 1945R L Dovel /Mannheim 
28 Jan 1945J L Wofford /DuisbergReturned early (sortie ??) - #1 engine oil loss, jettisoned load
6 Feb 1945R L Dovel /Chemnitz 
9 Feb 1945R L Dovel /Bohlen 
15 Feb 1945R L Dovel /Bohlen/Cottbus#4 engine changed
19 Feb 1945E T Jensen /MunsterCat AC damage, #3 eng oil leak
21 Feb 1945R L Dovel /Nurnburg 
22 Feb 1945R L Dovel /Donaueschingen 
23 Feb 1945R L Dovel /Treuchtlingen 
25 Feb 1945R L Dovel /Munich 
26 Feb 1945R L Dovel /Berlin 
2 Mar 1945R L Dovel /DresdenFlew in C sqn, 2nd element
4 Mar 1945R L Dovel /Ulm 
7 Mar 1945D J Wallish /Siegen#1 supercharger changed
8 Mar 1945D J Wallish /GiessenFlew in C sqn, lead flight 2nd element
9 Mar 1945???FrankfurtNon sortie - spare a/c
10 Mar 1945D J Wallish /DortmundFlew in B sqn, lead flight 2nd element
11 Mar 1945D J Wallish /Hamburg 
12 Mar 1945D J Wallish /SwinemundeFlew in C sqn as "tail end charlie"
15 Mar 1945L L Bazin /Wittenburg 
17 Mar 1945D J Wallish /Plauen 
18 Mar 1945L L Bazin /Berlin & FalkenburgFlew in B sqn, lead flight 1st element
23 Mar 1945A MunozUnna / MarburgCat A damage, #1 & #2 engs ran hot, #4 prop governor leaked
24 Mar 1945J W Johnson /Steenwijk airfieldFlew in B sqn, 1st element
28 Mar 1945L L Bazin /HanoverFlew in C sqn, 2nd element
30 Mar 1945??? (from another sqn)Hamburg 
31 Mar 1945D J Wallish /ZeitzFlew "tail end charlie" in B sqn
3 Apr 1945D J Wallish /KielFluxgate flutters
4 Apr 1945D J Wallish /KielFlew in C sqn, 3rd element
6 Apr 1945D J Wallish /Leipzig#3 eng feathered
7 Apr 1945D J Wallish /Buchen 
8 Apr 1945D J Wallish /Eger rail yards 
9 Apr 1945D J WallishMunich Reim airfieldFlew in D sqn, 1st element
10 Apr 1945D J Wallish /Burg-bei-MagdeburgCat A flak damage (unconfirmed)
11 Apr 1945W C Shaddix /LandshutFlew in A sqn, 1st element
13 Apr 1945R N Grover /PracticeNon sortie - practice mission
14 Apr 1945D J Wallish /RoyanFlew in C sqn, 2nd element
15 Apr 1945C F Dixon /RoyanFlew in D sqn, 1st element
20 Apr 1945D J Wallish /Oranienburg#2 engine changed
6 May 1945D J Wallish /Schipol ChowhoundFood drop to Dutch civilians
7 May 1945D J Wallish /Schipol ChowhoundFood drop to Dutch civilians - Flew in C sqn, 2nd element
15 May 1945B Brown /HorshingCollecting POWs from Austria
16 May 1945P W Schmidt / Ferrying POWs
20 May 1945  Transferred to 482BG at Alconbury
31 May 1945  Returned to USA, Bradley Field (121 Base Unit)
3 Jun 1945  To South Plains (4168 Base Unit)
8 Nov 1945  Scrapped at RFC Kingman, Az


© Ray Bowden 23 April 2017