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Aircraft

Innocent Bystander (no noseart, name courtesy of Lt Pitts)

Aircraft Serial #: 43-38047

Names: Innocent Bystander (no noseart, name courtesy of Lt Pitts), Hard Luck II ( should be Hard Luck III w/no noseart, name courtesy of Farnsworth/Meacham)

Squadron: 350 LN

Pilot: 2LT JOSEPH RAINE

MACR: 08815

Notes

Innocent Bystander

Crew Information

5 KIA, 4 POW

History

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DateEvent
June 20, 1944Cheyenne
June 22, 1944Accepted into Inventory
July 16, 1944Hunter
July 26, 1944Dow
August 1, 1944Assigned to UK
September 11, 1944FTR - Fighters - Tellerhauser, Germany
September 11, 1944FTR- Fighters - Tellerhauser, Germany

Comments

Jan Zdiarsky: The 338047 was NOT Innocent Bystander. That mistake was based on only one letter from a crewmember (Raine crew) dated 26th Aug. 44 and definitely the note about "Innocent Bystander" was NOT related to 43-38047. Raine crew flew that plane first time on September 3rd.
And it was on time when they were still very young crew, using different planes for particular missions. Later they have flown her (43-38047) on Sept. 8, 10 and 11 when they were lost. BUT NOT IN AUGUST 44.
So, I can very seriously say, the 43-38047 was not Innocent Bystander, because on date when it was mentioned in the letter home, the crew flew another ships like Boss Lady 42-102657 and 43-38043 (the ship lost on Ruhland with Howard Schulte). So I believe, the Innocent Bystander note in the letter should be more connected to a particular person or as a crew nickname. My opinion is, it was not connected to a particular plane. Bud definitelly it was not related to 43-38047.
I am fighting against this mistake for ling time, but still without success.... 😉
Jan