USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Devil's Ball
B-17G-10-BO 42-31238

351st Bomb Group, 511th Bomb Squadron

Devil's Ball
"Devil's Ball" was named in the tradition of many other 511th Bomb Squadron aircraft by incorporating the word 'Ball' in the title, after the squadron's first commander Clinton F Ball.

This aircraft reportedly completed 64 combat missions but we have only been able to identify 60. If you can add to these or offer any photos or further information on missions and crews relating to this aircraft we would be pleased to hear from you.

Known Mission List

Date Pilot


7 Oct 1943  Delivered to Cheyenne Modification Center
21 Oct 1943  To Grand Island AAB, Nebraska
27 Oct 1943  To Nashville AAB
23 Dec 1943  Assigned to 351BG
30 Dec 1943D E Watson /LudwigshavenChemical & explosives factory
31 Dec 1943F W Turbyne /Cognac airfield 
21 Jan 1944S L Wendt /St Omer V-weapon site 
29 Jan 1944C T Pryor /FrankfurtCategory A - flak damage
5 Feb 1944C T Pryor /Chateauroux airfield 
6 Feb 1944C T Pryor /Caen airfield 
11 Feb 1944G Johnson /Frankfurt 
21 Feb 1944C T Pryor /Achmer airfield 
22 Feb 1944D M Heller /Bernberg airfieldMay have bombed Magdeburg as target of opportunity
2 Mar 1944C T Pryor /Frankfurt 
3 Mar 1944C T Pryor /Wilhelmshaven 
4 Mar 1944J J Redmond /Bonn 
6 Mar 1944G W Mears /BerlinBombed Templin -- 38 miles NNE of Berlin
11 Mar 1944J C Scarlett /Munster 
13 Mar 1944M J Borchert /Beauvoir airfield 
23 Mar 1944C T Pryor /Munster 
24 Mar 1944C T Pryor /Schweinfurt 
26 Mar 1944C T Pryor /Watten V-weapon site 
27 Mar 1944C T Pryor /Tours airfield 
9 Apr 1944C T Pryor /Rahmel airfield, Poland 
11 Apr 1944C T Pryor /Arnimswalde 
19 Apr 1944A J Zitollo /Kassel 
20 Apr 1944R W Crews /La Glacerie V-weapon site 
25 Apr 1944W H Power /Nancy airfield (Abortive) 
26 Apr 1944W H Power /Brunswick 
27 Apr 1944R J Roper /Beauvoir V-weapon site 
4 May 1944M Karagiannis /Berlin (Recalled) 
7 May 1944M Karagiannis /BerlinCategory A - flak damage
9 May 1944F/o R E Probasco /Luxembourg rail yards 
11 May 1944I L Belote /Luxembourg rail yards 
20 May 1944C F Miller /Villacoublay airfield 
23 May 1944M Karagiannis /Epinal 
25 May 1944M Karagiannis /Metz rail yards 
29 May 1944M Karagiannis /SorauFocke Wulf assembly plant
6 Jun 1944I L Belote /Caen / Le Havre 
7 Jun 1944R J Roper /FalaiseTactical target to support invasion troops
10 Jun 1944L J Dingle /Gael airfield 
11 Jun 1944M Karagiannis /Bernay / St Martin airfields 
12 Jun 1944R Sutton /Cambrai-Niergnes airfield 
15 Jun 1944M Karagiannis /Angouleme rail yards 
21 Jun 1944W M Power /BerlinFriedrichstrasse rail station
22 Jun 1944M Karagiannis /RouenOil storage depot
23 Jun 1944L J Dingle /V-weapon site 
25 Jun 1944H J Matre /Toulouse airfield 
29 Jun 1944L J Dingle /Liepzig 
4 Jul 1944J A Myl /Saumur rail bridge 
6 Jul 1944R S Brackens /V-weapon site 
7 Jul 1944M Karagiannis /LeipzigAircraft factory
11 Jul 1944C D Aldridge /Munich 
16 Jul 1944C R Strange /Stuttgart 
18 Jul 1944M Karagiannis /PeenemundeElectrolytic hydrogen plant
19 Jul 1944M Karagiannis /AugsburgAircraft assembly plant
21 Jul 1944H R Hibbard /SchweinfurtBall bearing plant
31 Jul 1944G W Uttley /Munich 
1 Aug 1944J E Barrieau /Chateaudun airfield 
3 Aug 1944J A Bunnell /Saarbrucken rail yards 
13 Aug 1944H EPopp /LouviersTactical support for ground troops
16 Aug 1944H E Popp /Schkeuckitz 
24 Aug 1944C T Adams /Buchenwald / Nordhausen 
30 Aug 1944C T Adams /Kiel 
8 Sep 1944J C Haba / C M CavettLudwigshavenIced up and crashed near Market Deeping during assembly. 8 killed


© Ray Bowden 26 June 2022