B-17 Serial Number 43-38205 "Bouncing Baby" from the 452nd Bomb Group

8th Air Force (World War II), 3rd Air Division, 45th Combat Bombardment Wing
452nd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 730th Bombardment Squadron

(I find it interesting that the vertical stabilizer de-icer boot was painted over with unit markings.)
(The boot must not have been inflated on this ship because I cannot imagine the paint would look that good afterwards!)
Mission #225 Zwickau in Google Books Result of "Lost planes of the 452nd".
Target Coordinates in Google Maps
Below is an excerpt from 43-38205 in Google Books Result of "Lost planes of the 452nd".
Crash occured during Missions 201 - 225 (February 16th, - March 19th, 1945)
Plane # 43-38205Bouncing BabySquadron 730452nd BG
Fighters (caused crash) Crashed near Beek The Netherlands
1st/Lt.Malloy DanielPRTD
2nd/Lt.Carney Bruce W,CPRTD
1st/Lt.Winters Sterling PNRTD
1st/Lt.Houske Harold A.BRTD
F/0Devlin Rubart D.VRTD
T/Sgt.Clark Harold F.TTRTD
T/Sgt.Boowman Robert J.RORTD
S/Sgt.Ward Willard L.WGRTD
    I called Millard Ward,one of the crew members, he told me that
they flew for quite a while after being hit by the German Jet  fighters, 
He was the  First to notice flames coming from the  right wing.   They 
found the emergency field at Y-44 near Beek, The Netherlands that was 
being constructed using  steel landing matts. He said the pilot sat the 
plane down without any trouble but it soon started to blaze. He felt if 
fire  fighting equipment would have been handy they could have  saved
the plane. He said they visited Brussels that night.
Crash occured March 19, 1945 according to aviation-safety.net
that makes it mission 225, Zwickau
Update: 09-06-2009
John A. Davies 391st Photo Album has a different view of this wreckage.

Jim Harris moved to Y-44 from A-71 May 1, 1945. He most likely snapped the above picture that day.
He flew from Y-44 7 times mostly doing instrument training and some formation work.
He flew from Y-44 to B-87 moving tents etc on May 28, 1945.

created: 10-16-2008
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Referenced by: Mighty Eighth Air Force Public Message Board August 10, 2009 at 11:46:59