Aircraft history for serial number: 42-107576 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Ex-322nd BG aircraft. Entered combat with the 391st BG / 575th BS on 2/8/44. Took a direct flak hit in the starboard engine and main fuel tank just prior to bomb release on the bomb run and crashed on the 24/2/45 mission to the Irlich Railroad bridge, Germany. The port wing tank caught fire and the aircraft veered off to the left and went down in a spiral. A wing broke off in mid air as the aircraft spun down. Only one chute was spotted. The pilot Capt. Burton C Hanish who was flying lead aircraft on this mission was killed along with seven of the eight man crew. The tail gunner, S/Sgt. Valentine P Rovoli was the only survivor, he managed to bail out and was captured. The trail of flames damaged some aircraft that were flying behind in the same box formation before the aircraft entered a spin. Engines, P&W, R-2800-43, serials: FP-062608 (left), and, FP-062627 (right). According to Horst Weber, the aircraft crashed at Engers, Germany. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON MIA on 25/2/45.