391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95804
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95804
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
804-A57342-95804T6-AOriginal website10

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95804 (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 3/11/43. Next flown by New Castle (2nd Ferry Group), Wilmington, Deleware (from 30/11/43), to Pittsburgh, Ohio (ATC) from 2/12/43. Then went to Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky (from 4/12/43), and assigned to the 391st BG. Flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Carribean Wing), departing the USA on 6/1/44. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 6/1/44, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 30/1/44. Original group aircraft flown over from the USA by Capt. Frank B Adams and crew. Suffered an engine failure on take off for the 29/5/44 mission to the Orival Railroad bridge, France. The aircraft flown by Capt. Kenneth W Mitchell, crashed at Mole Hill Green, about 1.5 miles SW of Stansted, Essex. The aircraft took off from runway 03 at Matching Green with 2 x 2,000lb bombs on board. Take-off was normal, but at about 200 feet altitude the right engine cut out, caught again briefly, then completlely cut out. The pilot sounded the alarm bell for a crash landing. Unable to maintain altitude and airspeed, the pilot flew straight ahead, and the co-pilot, Lt. Schiro cut the mixture control and switches for the left engine before the aircraft hit the tops of some trees. The aircraft hit the ground violently at 1130 hours and began to burn before coming to a stop. All the crew escaped before the aircraft exploded four minutes later. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE CON CU on 15/11/46.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95804
Mission Source_id Description Serial
75A00029Accident Report, 42-95804. 29 May 194442-95804

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95804
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
425 Feb 1944166211Stalnaker57513804-A42-95804
702 Mar 1944166114Rutledge57313804-A42-95804
4028 Apr 1944166121Schleicher57213804-A42-95804
4301 May 1944166111Adams57313804-A42-95804
4401 May 1944166111Sellers57313804-A42-95804
4707 May 1944166141Spare Lead57313804-A42-95804
4807 May 1944166111Miller57213804-A42-95804
6522 May 1944166214Loesch57426804-A42-95804
7127 May 1944166121Bird57426804-A42-95804
7227 May 1944166121Bird57426804-A42-95804