Battleaxe, serial number 41-11646, was transferred from India to the Middle East. Her RCL was #6. There is no record that she flew any missions with this RCL.
Following the creation of the 376th HBG in November 1942, she was given the RCL #36. She flew 4 missions as #36. Her name was also changed to Old Spareribs.
In the spring of 1943 when the RCL were changed to align them with the squadrons, she was assigned #50. She flew no missions as #50.
Above 2 photos from Frank Marchese
Photo from Harry Porter
Group Date A/C # and Mission Target Pilot
Mission # letter
1 73 11/11/1942 36 X Benghazi Libya Reynold Soukup
2 77 11/21/1942 36 G Tripoli Libya George Whitlock