Re:Looking for information on Lt.Estell L. Stobaugh of the 404 FS
Is there any way the 552nd training squadron was near his group? That is, that he "borrowed" one of their planes? I know he often took planes when he wasn't supposed to, I think both in TX and later, in Europe, although I guess I always assumed he took his own plane. I thought he had the tree-hitting incident in Europe, and I vaguely recall him mentioning another accident, although I don't recall details. The second incident may have happened in the U.S. I will check with his son, Ron, who might recall for sure.
Also, he was a very good flyer, and right after his own training, he was a flight instructor in Texas, although I don't know where, then he later requested to go to the ETO. Where was the 552nd trained? Could it be Texas? Could this be a plane from during his time as an instructor?
I would think he would know his own plane and it's # (in terms of recognizing the plane photo as his)--he was a sharp cookie. But do you suppose he just had that photo on accident, thinking it looked like his tree damage, and never noticed the serial number?
I really appreciate you looking up all that info. You are very kind. We really wish he would have left more written information on his experiences.