Aircraft history for serial number: 42-107597 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Delivered from the Martin Omaha plant. Next listed as Omaha, Nebraska (ATC) from 21/1/44, and Atlanta, Georgia (ATC) from 29/1/44. Then went to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 30/1/44). Flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Caribbean Wing), departing the USA on 10/2/44. The record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe) on 10/2/44, and SOXO R (Europe) on 7/3/44. Ferried over from the USA in Feb 1944 by 2nd Lt. Robert L Holliday and crew. Assigned to the 391st BG / 574th BS entering combat on 9/5/44. Lost on the 23/12/44 Ahrweiler Railway Viaduct mission. The aircraft flown by 1st Lt. Ralph Henry Lesmeister was attacked and rammed by an Me-109 fighter of 10/JG-3 flown by Fahnrich Adolph Tham, which severed the tail section, killing the tail gunner, S/Sgt. John H Stephenson. The rest of the crew bailed out and were captured. The aircraft went down with both wings on fire and crashed at Adenau, near Trier, Germany. Engines, P&W, R-2800-43, serials: FP-060555 (left), and, 42-50744 (right). The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, SOXO CON MIA (9th AF) on 23/12/44.