Maid to Please

42-31173, Maid to Please, was one of the original Harvard planes, ferried to Rattlesden in November 1943 by the Beaty crew.  It flew only a single combat mission, being the first aircraft lost in action for the group with the Schrero crew on board.

Combat Missions:

Date Target Pilot
12/30/1943  Ludwigshaven Schrero 

Maid to Please at her crash site, Hénonville, France - December 30, 1943

The official report on the mission made the following notation:

Airplane #173, pilot, Lt. J. Y. Schrero, was seen to go down under control 30 miles northeast of Paris, evidently as the result of a flak burst with one or more engines smoking badly.

From Combat Diary - Capt. Edward Beaty

Briefed at 4:30 a.m. Attempted take off to Ludwigshaven. Assigned an unoperational 873 ship and did not get off. One ship lost on mission, my own 173, "Maid To Please," flown by Lt. Shero on her first raid.

As listed in MACR 1770, A/C 42-31173 Maid to Please
Pilot 2Lt Julian Y. Schrero KIA
Copilot 2Lt Mehle L. Kent POW
Navigator 2Lt Joseph J. Lamansky KIA
Bombardier 2Lt Lowell A. Doan KIA
Top Turret T/Sgt Howard B. May POW
Radio Operator T/Sgt Dee L. Troxell KIA
Ball Turret S/Sgt John Bitzer POW
Left Waist S/Sgt Herman F. Holland POW
Right Waist S/Sgt Homer L. Miller POW
Tail Gunner S/Sgt Walter E. Dickerman EVD

A monument marks the spot today