43-38458 IN-A/IY-P Bottle Baby

Bottle Baby

Don: I can help you with some verification of the information below.........I have deleted the other since I have no info one way or the other about it.....the call letters on 43-38458 were IN-A and the Bottle Baby name was given by me and I painted the nose(but no beautiful girls since I had
nothing to go by).......I was assigned the aircraft 43-38458 in January after it had been returned from forced landing in Europe.....It was the primary plane for me and my crew from then until the end of the war, although a few other crews flew it as well (613th crews), and I flew some missions in other aircraft at times, but 43-38458 was on “my” hardstand and serviced by “my” ground crew. Then as a final note, I flew 43-38458 with my crew and 10 additional personelle in the exodus to the US. We flew from Deenethorpe to Valley, Wales, then to Reykavik, Iceland, then to Goose
Bay, Labrador, then the final leg to Bradley Field, Connecticut. I can verify all the above even with the invoice made out to me charging me for the aircraft which I was flying to the United States. All the best, Jake
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Serial No: 43-38458
Model: B-17G-85-BO
Manufacturer: Boeing Aircraft Company, Seattle, WA
Delivered: 08/04/1944
Assigned: 09/12/1944
Lost: 06/06/1945
Mission Lost: N/A
How Lost: Returned to the USA
Notes: Sustained major flak damage and force-landed in France (30 November 1944).  The aircraft and its crew later returned to Deenethorpe.

When the aircraft returned from France it was redesigned IN-A. It also carried IN-D earlier. RFC Kingman 6 December 1945.
 

Recorded Missions

#DateMissionCrew
109/17/1944 Groesbeck (#144) Bodo C. Konze Crew #1
209/27/1944 Cologne (#149) Harry E. Haskett Crew #1
309/30/1944 Munster (#151) Harry E. Haskett Crew #1
410/03/1944 Nurnburg (#152) Robert O. Duckworth Crew #1
510/14/1944 Cologne (#155) Herbert V. Dow Crew #1
610/17/1944 Cologne (#157) Herbert V. Dow Crew #1
710/25/1944 Hamburg (#160) Herbert V. Dow Crew #1
810/26/1944 Bielfeld (#161) Herbert V. Dow Crew #1
910/30/1944 Munster (#163) Ernest A. Hansen Crew #1
1011/02/1944 Merseburg (#164) Herbert V. Dow Crew #1
1111/04/1944 Hamburg (#165) Herbert V. Dow Crew #1
1211/05/1944 Frankfurt (#166) Herbert V. Dow Crew #1
1311/16/1944 Eschweiler (#170) Ernest A. Hansen Crew #1
1411/21/1944 Merseburg (#171) Ernest A. Hansen Crew #1
1511/26/1944 Misburg (#173) Alfred R. Grimm Crew #1
1611/30/1944 Bohlen (#175) Ernest A. Hansen Crew #1
1701/29/1945 Bad Kreusnach (#201) Jerald E. Hart Crew #1
1802/01/1945 Ludwigshaven (#202) Audrey J. Bradley Jr. Crew #1
1902/03/1945 Berlin (#203) Kenneth J. Hartsock Crew #1
2002/06/1945 Giessen (#204) Arthur D. Kelso Crew #1
2102/14/1945 Dresden (#207) Kay A. Baker Crew #1
2202/20/1945 Nurnburg (#210) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
2302/21/1945 Nurnburg (#211) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
2402/23/1945 Ottingen (#213) William G. McKenny Crew #1
2502/25/1945 Munich (#215) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
2602/27/1945 Leipzig (#217) James H. May Crew #1
2702/28/1945 Soest (#218) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
2803/01/1945 Heilbron (#219) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
2903/02/1945 Chemnitz (#220) James H. May Crew #1
3003/08/1945 Essen (#224) Kay A. Baker Crew #1
3103/10/1945 Hagen (#225) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
3203/11/1945 Bremen (#226) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
3303/12/1945 Swinemunde (#227) Richard R. Scheller Crew #1
3403/14/1945 Lohne (#228) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
3503/17/1945 Molbis (#230) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
3603/19/1945 Plauen (#232) Richard R. Scheller Crew #1
3703/22/1945 Barmingholten (#234) Thurman M. Geren Crew #1
3803/23/1945 Gladbeck (#235) Meyer Levy Crew #1
3903/24/1945 Rheine (#236) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4003/28/1945 Berlin (#238) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4103/30/1945 Bremen (#239) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4204/05/1945 Ingolstadt (#242) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4304/07/1945 Luneburg (#243) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4404/08/1945 Halberstadt (#244) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4504/09/1945 Furstenfeldbruck (#245) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4604/11/1945 Freihan (#247) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4704/14/1945 Royan (#248) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4804/16/1945 Regensburg (#250) Jacob 'Jack' N. Shepherd Jr. Crew #1
4904/17/1945 Dresden (#251) William W. Woodward Crew #1