The bomb mission symbols wrap around the nose art from the witches head (12:00) around the logo to about (4:00). As the missions mounted the bomb markers stopped going around the logo and stretched straight out the other way in the direction of the wing root. The famous artist for the 91st B.G., Tony Starcer, painted the art. The plane flew many tough missions with the 91st including targets such as Cologne, Hamburg, Brunswick, Ludendorf and Merseberg twice, and finally met its demise on a mission to Nurmberg on February 20, 1945. A flak burst hit just below the pilot compartment and an explosion ensued with a devastating fire as the plane left formation about two minutes after bombing. . .no chutes were seen. Actually though, three crewmen made their way out of the ship but pilot Eddie McKnight and 5 others died that day flying their 11th mission in Wicked Witch.
At a recent 91st reunion I had the honor of meeting Mr. James J. Hoffman, a bombardier on Wicked Witch. He told me how tight the crew was and the pride they had in their ship was tremendous. . .typical of the period.
Hope this helps fill in some info for you.
post edited by B17 pilot - 2006/11/10 08:16:30