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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Trying to deduce a nose number
Posted by mississippivol on Sunday, January 06, 2019 3:41 PM

Hi, y'all. I need some help. I got a Toko P-63 kit so I can recreate an aircraft that crashed just outside of Hernando, MS in October, 1944. It was from Strother airfield in Kansas on tdy at Dyersburg, TN, working with B-17 gunnery crews as they trained. I know the serial (42-69442), paint scheme, even the pilot's name, but I can find no reference for the nose number. A sister a/c bellied in at Dyersburg two days later (42-69449, nose number B62), there's a pic of three others from  google/bing searches with the same paint scheme and similar nose numbers, 42-69066 (B3), 42-69105 (B13), and 42-69450 (B60). I initially wanted to use B61, or maybe 63, but if anyone has a better place to look or has an opinion, I'm open. Thanks, guys!

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  • From: Galloway,Ohio
Posted by Daddyman on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 9:50 PM

Hi, Mississippivol

When I saw your post I thought that you might be able to extrapolate an answer by making a chart of the nose numbers in relation to the tail number but quickly realized that the second crashed plane dashes that. I'm assuming that the other numbers that you got off the pictures were from a unit or base history? If you could find a delivery history, that might give you some clue. I was able to find an Air Force inventory form listing of aircraft deliveries for 1968 to find out some of the history of the OV-10 my uncle flew in Vietnam. Maybe you could find one for those birds.

Sorry I couldn't offer any real help. Good Luck

Bill B 2.0

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, January 10, 2019 1:59 PM

Yeah, that oddball plane threw me off. The pics I found were from third party sources, with very little context. Thanks for your input!

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:33 PM

The only thing I could suggest is asking the DeSoto Times-Tribune if they have any articles on microfilm.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:38 PM

One of my best friends grew up in Como, retired a while back from Fed Ex.

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6:22 PM
They aren't too far down the road, I'd forgotten about that, thanks, G!
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  • From: Galloway,Ohio
Posted by Daddyman on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 9:00 PM

Any Luck? I was just curious.

Bill B 2.0

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 9:41 PM

Naw, not much. Been dealing with inventory at work, so I haven't been at it except googling with varied search terms. Found a pic on Flickr of another bird, last four of the serial that I could make out was 8948. Had the "B" code on the nose, but the panel with the number had been pulled....rats! Thanks for checking up.

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Friday, February 08, 2019 10:06 PM

Found the accident report online, ordered it, but...no number. Huh?

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  • From: Galloway,Ohio
Posted by Daddyman on Saturday, February 09, 2019 5:40 PM

That bites. So you have the accident report already and no number? No pictures in the report to try and see a number?

Bill B 2.0

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Saturday, February 09, 2019 9:58 PM

The report had only one picture, which was of one of the damaged B-17s. What's hilarious is that I now know the serial numbers of the engine, prop hub, and each propeller bladeStick out tongue

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