391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95798
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95798
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
798-E57442-957984L-EDRAGON WAGONTaxi sheets. Redesignation of 798-K ?1
798-K57442-957984L-KDRAGON WAGONOriginal website13

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95798 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Built at the Glenn L Martin factory at Baltimore, Maryland as a B-26B-45-MA. Accepted by the Army Air Force on 1/11/43. Next listed at Camp Pickett, Virginia (ATC) from 30/11/43. Then went to Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky (from 1/12/43), and assigned to the 391st BG. Flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Carribean Wing), departing the USA on 12/1/44. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 12/1/44, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 19/2/44. Original group aircraft flown over from the USA by 1st Lt. Richard M Horridge and crew. Initially served with the 573rd BS until the hydraulics were shot out on the 28/5/44 mission to the Maison Lafitte Railroad bridge flown by 1st Lt. John W Coelsch. Aircraft repaired and transferred to the 574th BS. The aircraft record card also lists, GLUE 9AF CON ALS on 26/9/44, and, GLUE 9AF REPAIRED on 27/9/44. This indicates that the aircraft may have been damaged and force landed at an advanced landing strip, but this needs verification. Shot down in flames by Me-109 and Fw-190 fighters on the 23/12/44 Ahrweiler Railway Viaduct mission. The aircraft flown by 2nd Lt. Jack A Haynes suffered a damaged engine caused by flak on the bomb run. About 3 miles East of Ahrweiler, the fighters attacked and the damaged engine was knocked out and the bomb bay was hit which burst into flames. All the crew bailed out safely, but the pilot was killed when the aircraft crashed near Mainz, Germany. Engines, P&W, R-2800-43, serials: 42-263116 (left), and, 42-26322 (right). We also have this aircraft listed as 4L-E, but this needs confirmation. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, SOXO CON MIA on 23/12/44.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95798
Mission Source_id Description Serial
203M11673MACR 11673, 42-95798. 23 Dec 194442-95798

Picture listing for serial number: 42-95798
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
42-95798 Draggin' Wagon.Airplanes42-95798

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95798
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
702 Mar 1944166232Moore57428798-K42-95798
3122 Apr 1944166216Talton57425798-K42-95798
4028 Apr 1944166225Horridge57425798-K42-95798
4301 May 1944166136Koehl57325798-K42-95798
4401 May 1944166235Kiedinger57525798-K42-95798
5310 May 1944166132Horridge57425798-K42-95798
5410 May 1944166122Horridge57425798-K42-95798
6015 May 1944166232Horridge57437798-K42-95798
6119 May 1944166122Horridge57437798-K42-95798
7026 May 1944166116Horridge57437798-K42-95798
7127 May 1944166112Horridge57437798-K42-95798
17127 Sep 1944A-73115Martin57542798-K42-95798
18511 Nov 1944A-73125Detjens57452798-K42-95798
20323 Dec 1944A-73132Haynes57442798-E42-95798