398th B-17 Nose and Engine Art Photos

Below is an index to some of our 398th B-17 Nose and Engine Art. The index is ordered by Aircraft Number. Artwork might be images and/or text. Some artwork may be in locations other than the nose or engine. Many 398th B-17s did not have artwork.

Our companion 398th Unidentified B-17 Nose and Engine Art Photos re-lists photographs below where only part of the Nose Art text is visible or where the nose art is visible but the aircraft number is unidentified. Your help would be appreciated.

For additional 398th Aircraft photos:

  1. 398th B-17 Aircraft Photos
  2. 398th B-17 Crashed and Damaged Aircraft Photos
  3. Other Aircraft Photo'd by the 398th

 

398th B-17 Nose and Engine Art Photos
(Ordered by A/C Number)
Aircraft Number Tail Letter Fuselage No. A/C Name Title Date Art Work Visible Comments
42-30721 3O Sweet and Lovely Pettus Crew Visits the Sweet and Lovely Spring 1945 Yes An old B-17F, classified as "War Weary" when with the 398th.
42-30721 3O Sweet and Lovely Sweet and Lovely while with the 381st 1944 Yes Sweet and Lovely while with the 381st.
42-97249 P N8 How was it? Well? How was it? Well? in Formation 1944/1945 Yes This A/C had the most missions for any 398th Aircraft.
42-97249 P N8 How was it? Well? How was it? Well? after 91st Mission circa Spring 1945 Yes This A/C had the most missions for any 398th Aircraft.
42-97249 P N8 How was it? Well? Watson's Crew - 600th Squadron 23 March 1945 Yes
42-97265 3O hell's angel hell's angel with the 601st Spring 1944 Yes Used in 398th Training; transferred to 381st.
42-97338 C 3O-C THE TARHEEL LEMON Farnsworth's Crew - 601st Squadron 16 Aug 1945 Yes Data from the T/Sgt. Ben Core, Radio Operator/Top Turret Gunner, 601st Diary for Aug 3, 4, and 5 indicates that 42-97338 3O-C was The Tarheel Lemon. Note the painted name in the Farnsworth Crew Photo photograph is all upper case: THE TARHEEL LEMON.
42-97357 The Railroader Cullinan's Crew 19 July 1944 Yes The Cullinan Crew did not fly this aircraft this day.
42-97368     Tailwind Hadjes' Crew's B-17 on the Tamac Spring 1944 Yes Nose Art is visible on this photo.
42-97374 X K8-X Madame X Roderick's Crew - 602nd Squadron 28 July 1944 Yes  
42-97374 X K8-X Madame X James Johnson's Crew - 600th Squadron 6 August 1944 Yes  
42-97385 X 3O-X Shady Lady Blackwell's Crew - 601st Squadron 6 Aug 1944 Yes See "Tex" written under pilot's window.
42-97385 X 3O-X SHADY LADY 398th's SHADY LADY Before 8 Sept 1944 Yes  
42-97387 H K8-H MAUDE an MARIA Hancock's Crew - 602nd Squadron 9 September 1944 Yes
42-97387
H K8-H MAUDE an MARIA McCormick's Crew - 602nd Squadron 26 December 1944 Yes
42-97811 Slick Chick Wierney's Crew - 601st Squadron 17 April 1944 Yes Possibly 42-97811 Slick Chick assigned to the 401st BG 21st May 1944.
42-102469 Q N7-Q Stormy Weather Kaufman's Crew - 603rd Squadron - 19 July 1944 19 July 1944 Yes
42-102469 Q N7-Q Stormy Weather Spitzer's Crew - 603rd Squadron - 2 November 1944 2 November 1944 Yes Partial "W" of Weather can be seen.
42-102516 H 3O-H Bronx Bomber II Bronx Bomber II Nose and Engine Art Summer 1944 Yes
42-102565 M 3O-M The Ugly Duckling The Ugly Duckling Nose Art 16 Aug 1944 Yes
42-102565 M 3O-M The Ugly Duckling John H. Davis' Crew - 601st Squadron 28 July 1944 Yes
42-102565 M 3O-M The Ugly Duckling Bingers's Crew - 601st Squadron 16 Aug 1944 Yes
42-102592 G N8-G WONDER BIRD Matthews' Crew - 600th Squadron 9 Oct 1944 Yes  
42-102593 M K8-M Vonnie Vonnie Nose Art 1945 Yes See "V.N.." of Vonnie just under #3 propeller and #4 engine named "Betty". Also see swastica and numerous missions shown by painted bombs.
42-102596 N 3O-N Doodit Sitler's Crew - 601st Squadron 9 October 1944 Yes  
42-102596 N 3O-N Doodit 1944 Yes Note only the initial script "D" of Doodit.
42-102596 N 3O-N Doodit 1944 Yes Shows complete nose art for Doodit.
42-107034     Rampant Pansy Rampant Pansy - 603rd Spring 1944 Yes Flown to England by Latson Crew
42-107078 U N7-U OLE BLOOD N GUTS Jack Lee's Crew - 603rd Squadron 5 August 1944 Yes
42-107078 U N7-U OLE BLOOD N GUTS Lipnick's Crew - 603rd Squadron 28 Sept 1944 Yes
42-107188 G K8-G Ramp Rooster Griffin's Crew - 602nd Squadron 26 Sept 1944 Yes
42-107190 L 30-L Maxine Curtis' Crew - 601st Squadron 12 Sept 1944 Yes See AuGIE printed below the Waist Gunner's Window. Probably 42-107190 3O-L, Maxine.
43-37982 K N7-K Bebe Southwick's Ground Crew - 603rd Squadron 1944 - 1945 Yes  
43-37874 W 3O-W Georgia Peach Ray Gainey and Georgia Peach 1944/1945 Yes  
43-37997 R and P N7-R and K8-P Miss X Miss X Nose Art 17 December 1945 Yes In Massachusetts after the war.
43-38805 Z N8-Z ends in LIGHT, thought to be STITE'S DELIGHT Hill's Crew - 600th Squadron 11 Mar 1945 Yes probably 43-38805 N8-Z; however can't be sure. The nose art ends in LIGHT and is thought to be STITE'S DELIGHT. This name may confirm that this is aircraft 43-38805 N8-Z or a different one someday.
43-39180 G N8-G Hitler's Headache Unknown Crew - 600th Squadron - May 1945 - Arriving Bradley Field, CT on Hitler's Headache May 1945 Yes
43-39242 F N7-F LINN COUNTY EXPRESS Crew Chief Dacon's Crew - 603rd Squadron Spring 1945 Yes
44-8044 X N7-X The Cherry Crew Chief Bailey and Crew - 603rd Squadron 1944/45 Yes
44-8636 3O X VICTORY VIRGIN Zinter's Crew - 601st Squadron March 1945 Yes
Unknown Aircraft Number Tail Letter Fuselage No. A/C Name Title Date Art Work Visible Comments
Unknown The Georgia Cracker Stanley Reed's Crew - 600th Squadron Spring 1944 Yes
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Irish Pete Unknown 1 - 602 Squadron - early Rapid City Training (possibly the John W. Stuermer Crew) 14 September 1943 Yes Rapid City Training Photo
Unknown TANICHKA Folger's Crew - 600th Squadron - May 1944 May 1944 Yes Dalhart AAB, Texas Training Photo
Unknown UPTOWN EXPRESS Durtschi's Crew - 603rd Squadron 22 Sept 1944 Yes A/C Serial No. not identified; however, the A/C name, UPTOWN EXPRESS is in the photo.
Unknown UPTOWN EXPRESS UPTOWN EXPRESS 22 Sept 1944 Yes A/C Serial No. not identified; however, the A/C name, UPTOWN EXPRESS is in the photo.
Unknown ????T SE???? Bowman's Ground Crew - 603rd Squadron 1944/45 Yes Probably a 603rd Aircraft. The nose art: ????T SE???? appears to be two words.
Unknown Jiggs Image Armament Crew - 600th Squadron 1944/45 Yes Possibly a 600th Aircraft
Unknown Jiggs Image 398th B-17 with "Jiggs" Nose Art 1944/45 Yes Possibly a 600th Aircraft