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B-26 41-17792 “NANA” following a crash on takeoff from Massicault, Tunisia the personnel in this image are unidentified. The pilot was Lt. Robert C. Burns. Copilot Douglas Taylor was injured, one or more vertebra were broken or cracked. Taylor was confined to a body cast and returned to duty in September 1943. Taylor is the send from the left the remaining crew are not identified. This photograph was scanned from the original 35mm negatives in the Taylor family collection.




  • Douglas Taylor

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Douglas Newton Taylor was born in New Haven, CT on 19 February 1915. His mother passed away when Doug and his brother Howard were young. Their father, Albert, was an engineer working in the Central Americas, so Doug and Howard lived with their aunt in...


  • 41-17792 Nana

    B-26 Marauder
    On 8 July, 1943 'Nan' 41-17792 of the 444th Bomb Squadron was part of an attack on the Gerbini Airdrome No. 11 in Sicily. The aircraft crashed on takeoff from the airfield at Massicault, Tunisia. The pilot was Robert C. Burns, the copilot was Douglas...



Date Contributor Update
19 September 2020 17:08:50 Vaughn Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Taylor Family Collection