41-11646 Battleaxe / Old Spareribs

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

Missions Flown

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


At the 2017 reunion, the board approved the donation of our archives to the Briscoe Center for American History, located on the University of Texas - Austin campus.

Click here to go to their main website.

Also, the board approved a $5,000 donation to add to Ed Clendenin's $20,000 donation in the memory of his father. Together, these funds begin an endowment for the preservation of the 376 archives.



CITY : Dayton, Ohio


2018 reunion details

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle