Looking for Info on these B - 26s

Discussion in '17th BG' started by Shoo Shoo Baby, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. Assigned to 17th BG , 37th SQ.
    Lt. Russell Porter Crew flew these A/C from 3/44 to 12/44.
    Looking for Serial #s , Name/Nose Art , History ,
    and especially Photos.
    B-26 Tail #s : #27 , #30 , #38 , #42 , #44
    Last 3 Digits of Serial # , 606 . Tail Number Unknown
    Also flew #25 from 34th Sq.
    Any Help Appreciated!
    Mike
     
  2. j.peters140

    j.peters140 Active Member

    Mike...Have you checked the Joe Baugher website ? There may be information there concerning the tail numbers you are looking for.

    Jim :)
     
  3. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    Mike,
    Those two digit numbers are not the same as what we call 'tail numbers' on B-17s and B-24s. They are Battle Numbers and are more akin to radio call letters than to tail numbers. Problem with trying to ID an aircraft s/n from the Battle Number is that when an a/c was lost the Battle Number was reassigned to the replacement a/c. The web site markstyling.com has numerous illustrations of B-26s showing Battle Numbers and a/c serial numbers broken down by Group and Squadron but the site is down at the moment.
     
  4. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, appears as if Mark Styling has completely reformatted his web site. In the process his illustrations have been shrunk down considerably and are no longer any use in trying to identify Battle Numbers, serial numbers, or nose art. Too bad, his old format was very helpful.

    New web site: http://www.aviationillustration.com...gories-listing/category/97-b-26s-of-the-usaaf
    Old web site (back up) :http://www.markstyling.com/b26_research.02.htm

    EDIT: Original web site is back up with listing of serial numbers and battle numbers.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2016
  5. DOH - Your right Hal , I should have said Battle Numbers.
    Jim Peters - The reason I'm Hollering for all this help is that
    I havn't been able to get on Baugher's Site and several others.
    For some reason I'm getting blocked. My Dear Wife is my
    #1 Suspect. Will have Her checked out , the computer that is ,
    soon.
    Thanks Guys ,
    Mike
     
  6. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    Here is the link to Mark Stylings B-26 research page for the 17th BG.

    http://www.markstyling.com/b26_research.02.htm

    It looks like
    27 could be:
    41-34515 B/N 27
    41-34925 KismetB/N 27
    44-67977 B/N 27

    30 could be:
    43-34284 B/N 30
    41-34883 JeanieB/N 30
    41-34929 MARAUDERB/N 30 crashed on takeoff 08/04/45
    43-34284 MARAUDER II B/N 30

    38 could be: 41-34883 JeanieB/N 38

    42 could be:
    42-95882 B/N 42
    42-107563 Teton SpecialB/N 42 24/12/44
    43-34554 Give' Em HellB/N 42


    44 could be 42-107572 StardusterB/N 44

    25 does not appear in the 34 but in the 37th and could be:
    41-35161 B/N 25
    42-95010 B/N 25 shot down by AAA over France 20/08/44
    42-96328 B/N 25 shot down by Me 262 over Germany 26/4/45. MACR 14164


    606 could be: 43-34606 Gorgeous BettyB/N 65 in th 95th.
    or 43-34606 B/N 85 in the 432nd.

    Additional Illustations: http://www.markstyling.com/b26s.01.htm

    You can probably research the serial numbers on Joe Baugher's site to eliminate some of the serial numbers based on dates lost, etc.

    The Osprey Book, B-26 Marauder Units of the MTO is a pdf file here:
    http://www.39-45.org/videos/3945/CA073.pdf
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2016
  7. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

  8. Zoran Petek

    Zoran Petek New Member

    So here is a nice pair.
    B-26 Tail #s : #27 , #25
     
  9. I Thank You ALL for the Information.
    Cheers,
    Mike
     

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