391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-107579
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-107579
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
579-?1PFS42-107579IH-GSilver DollarTaxi sheets & Paul Clouting1
579-G1PFS42-107579IH-GSilver DollarPaul Clouting1

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-107579 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Delivered from the Martin Omaha plant. Next listed at MacDill Field, Tampa Bay, Florida on 12/1/44. Next went to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 13/1/44), and then to Homestead Army Air Field, Florida (from 26/1/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Caribbean Wing), departing the USA on 27/1/44. The record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe) on 27/1/44, SOXO A (Europe) on 30/1/44, and SOXO R (Europe) on 18/2/44. Delivered in natural metal finish to Andrews Field during April 1944. Entered combat with the 1st Pathfinder SQN on 21/5/44. Damaged Cat.3 in a taxiing accident with another Pathfinder aircraft, B-26B, serial 41-31903 at A-48 Bretigney, France on 22/10/44. The pilot was George J Gaudette. The aircraft was repaired and flew missions till the end of the war. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE CON SAL FEA (9th AF) on 15/12/45. Note, we also had this aircraft listed as originally ER-G with the 322nd BG / 450th BS, then transferred to 1st Pathfinder, but this is unconfirmed and needs verification.

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-107579
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
8406 Jun 1944166111Pathfinder1PFS35579-G42-107579
18511 Nov 1944A-73111Pathfinder1PFS??579-?42-107579