These numbers will be adjusted slightly after the data is cleaned up a bit more. A few aircraft shouldn't be in this index as they were never actually assigned to 381st although they were scheduled to be. Other aircraft were assigned right before the 381st began its movement stateside. Some were assigned, only be transferred within a day or so to other groups.
224 Fortresses had nose art/nicknames out of 346 assigned.
82 - assigned to 532nd, 57 were named.
83 - assigned to 533rd, 45 were named.
79 - assigned to 534th, 58 were named.
80 - assigned to 535th, 64 were named.
22 - uncertain squadron assignment. Some due to being assigned to 381st prior to movement back stateside, or quickly transferred to other units, plus a few mistakes.
Aircraft Fates and Facts
143 aircraft listed as Lost due to combat damage.
134 MACR (Missing Air Crew Reports) are associated with 381st aircraft.
50 aircraft listed as Salvaged, either due to accident or combat damage when the aircraft returned to Allied controlled areas.
61 Accident Reports for 381st aircraft. They were either repaired and returned to service, or salvaged.
90 aircraft were returned to the US as either war weary, or flown home when the 381st returned stateside.
58 aircraft were transferred to other groups.
5 fates not listed (prob aircraft not actually assigned to 381st)
2 B-17Es, 104 B-17Fs, and 240 B-17G models were assigned to 381st. Of these, 192 were built by Boeing, 84 by Douglas, and 66 by Lockheed Vega.