391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-107743
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-107743
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
743-J57542-107743O8-JSILVER STARTaxi sheets. Redesignation of 743-W ?1
743-N57542-107743O8-NSILVER STARTaxi sheets. Redesignation of 743-W ?1
743-Q57542-107743O8-QSILVER STARTaxi sheets. Redesignation of 743-W ?1
743-W57542-107743O8-WSILVER STAROriginal website17

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-107743 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Delivered from the Martin Omaha plant. Next listed at Omaha, Nebraska (ATC) on 8/3/44. Then flown to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 8/3/44), and on to Homestead Army Air Field, Florida (from 13/3/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Caribbean Wing), as a 9th AF replacement aircraft, departing the USA on 15/3/44. The record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe) on 15/3/44, and, GLUE 9AF R (Europe) on 21/4/44. Entered combat with the 391st BS / 575th BS on 13/5/44, coded O8-Q. Returned on a single engine after receiving heavy flak damage on the 25/5/44 mission to Liege, flown by 1st Lt. Herschel S. Harkins. The aircraft was sent to the service squadron for repairs. Returned to the 391st BG / 575th BS following repairs, and recoded O8-W, and then named "Silver Star". Re-entered combat with the 575th BS on 13/8/44. This aircraft piloted by Capt. Edward M. Jannsen flew lead on the Ahrweiler mission of 23/12/44 and returned badly shot up, but was repaired. Suffered major damage in a taxiing accident at A-73 Airfield, Roye-Amy, France on 3/2/45. The pilot was Williams Goble. The aircraft was most probably not repaired, as the group converted to the Douglas A-26 in April 1945. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE CON SAL FR BRT on 20/7/45. The aircraft flew 7 missions coded as O8-Q, and an additional 63 missions as O8-W.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-107743
Mission Source_id Description Serial
218A00057Accident Report, 42-107743. 3 Feb 194542-107743

Picture listing for serial number: 42-107743
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
"Silver Star"Nose Art42-107743
"Silver Star"Nose Art42-107743
Jannsen Crew #2Crews42-107743

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-107743
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
16310 Sep 1944166132Schreiber57540743-W42-107743
16411 Sep 1944166124Gatlin57540743-W42-107743
16714 Sep 1944166222Hanish57540743-W42-107743
18203 Nov 1944A-73237Heslep5757743-W42-107743
20323 Dec 1944A-73114Jannsen5757743-N42-107743
20901 Jan 1945A-73231Lippincott5757743-W42-107743
21428 Jan 1945A-73214Hoar5757743-W42-107743
21906 Feb 1945A-73241Spare Lead5757743-W42-107743
22008 Feb 1945A-73121Willis5757743-W42-107743
22310 Feb 1945A-73231Willis5757743-W42-107743
23018 Feb 1945A-73234Hoar5757743-W42-107743
24303 Mar 1945A-73241Spare Lead5755743-W42-107743
24504 Mar 1945A-73114Burhanna5755743-W42-107743
24706 Mar 1945A-73131Saunders5759743-W42-107743
25111 Mar 1945A-73141Saunders5755743-W42-107743
25111 Mar 1945A-73241Spare Lead5755743-W42-107743
25514 Mar 1945A-73231Saunders5759743-W42-107743
26522 Mar 1945A-73131Bass57512743-W42-107743