391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 41-31978
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Aircraft information for serial number: 41-31978
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
978-?57341-31978T6-?San Antonio Rose, It's a LemonAccident 08/08/1944
978-Q57341-31978T6-QSan Antonio Rose, It's a LemonPaul Clouting29
987-Q57341-31978T6-QSan Antonio Rose, It's a LemonTaxi sheets. Typo for 978-Q ?1

Aircraft history for serial number: 41-31978 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Delivered by air from the Martin Baltimore plant to the Martin, Omaha (Modification Centre), Nebraska, from 30/6/43. Next listed as New Castle (2nd Ferry Group), Wilmington, Deleware (from 1/7/43), and Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 12/7/43). Then listed as New Castle (2nd Ferry Group), Wilmington, Deleware (from 2/8/43). Probably went to Presque Isle, Maine, from where it was flown to the UK via the Northern Ferry Route, although this is not listed on the record card. Next listed as UGLY A (Europe - 8th AF) from 24/8/43, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 21/9/43. Entered combat with the 391st BG / 573rd BS. The aircraft did not have a nose name, but did have artwork of a Vaga girl painted on the nose. Damaged cat.3 (Cat.B) in a taxiing accident at RAF Tangmere on 8/8/44 flown by Lt. Herman L Crim (391st BG / 573rd BS). The aircraft was repaired. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, CON SAL NBD SOXO R on 18/6/45. Note, there is no mention on the aircraft record card that this aircraft was converted to a B-26B-35, and just refers to a B-26B model.

Incident listing for serial number: 41-31978
Mission Source_id Description Serial
137A00036Accident Report, 41-31978. 8 Aug 194441-31978

Picture listing for serial number: 41-31978
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
"San Antonio Rose"Nose Art41-31978
LoganCrews41-31978