Found! YB-40 / B-17F Data Plate 42-5734

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    #1 ColesAircraft, Mar 2, 2014
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    I can't believe I found it!

    This is an original data plate from the incredibly rare Boeing Lockheed-Vega YB-40 / B-17F experimental bomber escort!

    A/C Serial Number 6030 / Registration Number 42-5734

    This YB-40 was a combat veteran that served with the 92nd BG / 327th BS as "Seymore Angel" with the fuselage code UX-D.

    I thought I'd lost this, but I found it tonight in a box downstairs along with the original paperwork regarding its provenance c. 2001.

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    This aircraft had several incarnations. After returning stateside after its ETO tour, it was sent to California where it became "Red Balloon" with the code OR-R and then finally "Old Ironsides" (as shown in the top photo, inset).

    I'd love to find better photos of this aircraft if anyone has any leads! :)
     
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    Found this from the Roger Freeman Collection ( Roger Freeman Collection FRE 757 | American Air Museum in Britain )
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    Caption: Ground crew of the 92nd Bomb Group wait with an ambulance as a B-17 Flying Fortress (UX-D, serial number 42-5734) nicknamed "Seymour Angel" lands at Alconbury. Printed caption on reverse: 'BRITISH OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH DISTRIBUTED BY THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION CROWN COPYRIGHT RESERVED. BRITISH EQUIPMENT AT AMERICAN AIR-FIELD. Members of the U.S. Army Air Force stationed in Great Britain are in a good position to appreciate the British end of Lend-Lease arrangements. A visit to an American bomber station "somewhere in England" shows some of the many varieties of equipment with which Britain supplies her American Ally. No.7. British made cash tenders and ambulances wait, ready for an emergency, at the strategic corners of the field, as the B-17 Fortresses land after a mission over the Rhur. The engines of the trucks are kept running, the men stand alert at their posts read to move into instant action should a plane, damaged by enermy action, foul its landing. On the back of the crash tender is an asbestos suit. Its wearer can work in fire for several minutes - vital ones, should a plane catch fire and its crew be trapped. In the background a B-17 has landed. Already the sergeant on the telephone is watching the next plane land. No.D.15116. For other prints in this series see miniature and feature set file. USA(BRI)CCC.FIR.' Handwritten caption on reverse: '1/ British Equipment at American Airfield. 2/ Reverse lease-lend 3/ Cash tenders.'

    You probably have the information already but there is a little extra about the history of the plane at 42-5734 | American Air Museum in Britain
     
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    Damn son! Color me jealous! :shock:
     
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