391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-107837
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-107837
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
837-N57542-107837O8-NAK-SAR-BEN-KNIGHTOriginal website7

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-107837 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Delivered from the Martin Omaha plant. Next listed at Omaha, Nebraska (ATC) on 13/4/44, and Tulsa, Oklahoma (ATC) on 13/4/44. Then flown by Memphis, Tennessee (ATC Ferry) from 15/4/44, to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 17/4/44), and on to Homestead Army Air Field, Florida (from 25/4/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route, as a 9th AF replacement aircraft, departing the USA on 27/4/44. The record card then lists, GLUE 9AF A (Europe) on 26/4/44, and, GLUE 9AF R (Europe) on 11/5/44. The aircraft was paid for by donations from the city of Omaha, Nebraska. The name is Nebraska, backwards. The aircraft had the city's shield painted on it. Entered combat with the 391st BG / 575th BS on 30/6/44. Badly flak damaged on the 7/10/44 mission to the supply depot at Euskirchen, Germany, flown by 1st Lt. Herschel S Harkins. The aircraft made it back to base, but was sent to the service group for assessment and salvaged by the 87th Air Service Squadron on 8/10/44. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, SOXO CON SAL NBD on 8/10/44.

Picture listing for serial number: 42-107837
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
Support PersonnelPeople42-107837
"Ak-Sar-Ben Knight"Nose Art42-107837

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-107837
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
10625 Jun 1944166235Lakin57439837-N42-107837
11412 Jul 1944166126Lakin57546837-N42-107837
12801 Aug 1944166126Lakin57539837-N42-107837
13306 Aug 1944166224Lakin57539837-N42-107837
13708 Aug 1944166123Stanfield57439837-N42-107837
16411 Sep 1944166133Lakin57539837-N42-107837
17127 Sep 1944A-73125Lakin57539837-N42-107837