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


The website 376bg.org is NOT our site nor is it our endowment fund.

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.

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.

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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 26-29, 2023

CITY:Tucson, AZ

HOTEL: Double Tree Suites Airport hotel

7051 South Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85756


Click here to read about the reunion details.

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

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

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen

Langdon Liberando