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Aircraft: 48810

48810 XR-L TARGET FOR TONIGHT with Lt William T. Groover in CP seat (Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

385th BG Pathfinder " TARGET FOR TONIGHT" 44-8810  with Radome showing at Great Ashfield, circa 1944 photo   ( first photo i have found of her with the Radome showing in Decades of looking for photos, from a 385th BG veterans collection)  ourtesy of Jack O’Leary

CAF Nose art panel of Target for Tonight with Jack O’Leary. His Father John O’Leary flew missions on this plane. Photo courtesy of Jack O’Leary

CAF Nose art panel of Target for Tonight with Jack O’Leary. His Father John O’Leary flew missions on this plane. Photo courtesy of Jack O’Leary

Target for Tonight as a 385th BG PFF before acquired by 100th Bomb Group.  

NAMES: Target for Tonight



PILOTS:   N/A  N/A
MACR: SQUADRONS: 349 XR-L

NOTES

Target for Tonight

HISTORY

1945-01-02   Cheyenne
1945-01-04  Accepted into Inventory
1945-01-15  Hunter
1945-02-07  Dow
1945-02-04  Assigned to UK
1945-10-10  Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
1945-12-20   Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
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1945-12-20  Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

Pilot Info

Crew: N/A

Related Info: : N/A, N/A

Comments

    44-8810  TARGET FOR TONIGHT
Del Cheyenne 2/1/45; 
Hunter 15/1/45; 
Dow      7/2/45; 
Ass 549BS/385BG [XA-P] Gt Ashfield ? 
tran 349BS/100BG [XR-L] Thorpe Abbotts ? 
RetUS, RFC Walnut Ridge 20/12/46. 
	

PHOTOS:

 48810 XR-L 349th "TARGET FOR TONIGHT" (100th Photo Archives) 

 Photo of "TARGET FOR TONIGHT" noseart taken 56 years to the day after Jack O'Leary's father, John J. O'Leary, of the William Griswold Smith crew flew the aircraft on a training flight on 7 October 1945 for 4 hours and 45 minutes. It is also Jack's birthday. Display is located in the American Airpower Museum at Midland, Texas. Photo courtesy of the American Airpower Museum, Director Tami O'Bannion 

Target for Tonight 48810 XR-L (Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

Target for Tonight 48810 XR-L (Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

Nose Art panel of Target for Tonight (Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

Taget for Tonight (Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

Target for Tonight artwork panel backside (Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

CAF supplied photos of Target For Tonight on the EAA Forums pages,the restored panel and nice close up WWII (Jack O'Leary)

Target for Tonight ground Crew

Jack O'Leary A-2 Tribute Jacket to his Father.  

Front of Jack O'Leary's tribute A-2 to his Father John O'Leary.  

Lt William T. Groover in right seat of Target for Tonight (Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)

William G. (Gris) Smith Crew. in front of TARGET FOR TONIGHT, left to right: SMITH, GROOVER, ACCINELLI, SZALWINSKI, CUMBAA, O'LEARY, BEYNE, BAUGH, RUSSO
(Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary)