KNO in B-26 #41-31687 '9 Nina with the Ruby Ts'. Flight test of A/C when all engines failed. Crashed near North Weald. Survived by wife Estelle Toon, mother Agnes (Ramsay) Toon, brother Robert L. Toon and sister Mary Jane Crandall.
One of 3 children born to Lewis B. Toon and Agnes (Ramsay) Toon. Grew up fatherless during the Depression in Deer Trail, CO. Star basketball player in HS. Older brother Robert L. Toon awarded Silver Star as Army Private in Battle of Lupao, Philippines, Feb 8, 1944 25th Infantry division, 35th Regiment, Cannon Company in M-7 "Priest" tank.
Military | Major | Bomber pilot | 387th Bomb Group
I'm John F Neyenhouse Sr., 90 years old (April 2010), 91 in a few months, and I flew 71 missions as a first pilot in a Martin B-26 Marauder in WW2. Graduated from Kelly Field, Class of 42 K, 13 Dec. 1942. I was transferred to MacDill Field, Tampa, Fla...
Military | Captain | Pilot ; Commanding Officer | 387th Bomb Group
Don Scott served as a pilot with the 387th Bomb Group. He was killed in B-26 (serial number 41-31687, nicknamed '9 Nina with the Ruby Ts'). Both of its engines failed on a test flight and it crash near North Weald, Essex.
Military | Master Sergeant | Engineer | 387th Bomb Group
KNO in B26#41-31687 '9 Nina with the Ruby Ts'. Flight test of ac when all engines failed. Crashed near North Weald.
Units served with
The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....
B-26 41-31698 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire on 2 March 1944. Pilot Oliver Jopling and tail gunner Richard Byrem survived. The four other crew members died: Arnold Warmuth, Irving Lerman, John Gober and James White; MACR 2525.
Military site : airfield
The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...
||Deer Trail, CO 80105, USA
||1 June 1920
||North Weald Bassett, Epping CM16, UK
||1 October 1943
Capt Don E. Scott was the pilot and 1stLt Ramsay J. Toon was the co-pilot with a flight engineer aboard as well (name unknown thus far). Don Scott was a well liked Squadron commander of the 557th Sq. He was shifted over to the 559th SQ quite reluctantly by the 557th. Don had only been with the 559th a short time before this crash. It appears that this should have been a simple test flight after repairs that turned out horribly wrong. The fact that Scott was flying this test flight at all would lead one to believe that no problems were expected. Or that the plane had some malfunctions not trusted to junior pilots. It sounds like our Uncle was handy that day and opted to fly co-pilot for Scott. Scott was a well respected pilot himself. Turns out that Don Scott was a former all-American quarterback at Ohio State University. He was a two-time, first-team All-America selection and was called the most versatile back in college football because he was a brilliant passer, blocker, and ball carrier. His head coach, Francis Schmidt, later said, "I can’t remember a back as dangerous in so many departments of play.” Scott lettered for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team in 1938, 1939, and 1940. In 1938 he was a starting halfback. He became the Buckeyes' starting quarterback as a junior in 1939 and led the team to the Big Ten Conference title. That year he received his first All-American selection. He returned as quarterback in his senior year and was again named as All American. Scott was ninth overall selection in the 1941 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Chicago Bears. Scott decided to volunteer to fight in the war in Europe. Scott had participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, sponsored by the Civil Aeronautics Administration, while at Ohio State. When he entered the United States Army Air Corps it was as a commissioned pilot. The University Trustees on November 1, 1943 named the OSU new airport Don Scott Field in his honor.