TDY to Sherman Field, Ft. Leavenworth KS,  1941

Shown below is Lt. Taynton on the right and the instructor pilot on the left. They are most likely reviewing the aircraft controls and gauges associated with flying the aircraft. Notice the engine throttle handles between the two used to adjust engine speed. (Taynton photo)



In 1941, Lt. Taynton went on temporary duty (TDY) to Sherman Field, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. This was an orientation regarding the role of bomber aircraft with respect to combat tactics that were being developed in anticipation of upcoming hostilities. Lt. Tayton was given detailed training on the B-18 bomber, which was in use at the time by the military. The Douglas Aircraft Co. developed the B-18 to replace the Martin B-10 as the Army Air Corps' standard bomber. The B-18 “Bolo” design was taken from the early DC-2 commercial transport. Approximately 133 B-18’s were delivered to the US Army Air Corps in January 1936. Several B-18’s were destroyed during the Pearl Harbor raid. Because of inadequate engine power and defensive armament, the aircraft was relegated to training,  transport, and shore patrol duties.

Sherman field, altitude 770 feet above sea level was part of Ft. Leavenworth. The twin engine B-18 is shown to the left parked on the tarmac next to the main hangar. (Taynton photo)

Multi function control panel which was installed on this aircraft, is shown to the right. (Taynton photo)


In the above photo to the right, Lt. Taynton stands in front of engine number 1. Engines were numbered from left to right in ascending order which is still in use today. (Taynton photo)