391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95811
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95811
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
811-G57242-95811P2-GRUTHLESSOriginal website52

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95811 (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 4/11/43. Next flown by New Castle (2nd Ferry Group), Wilmington, Deleware (from 1/12/43, to Middletown, Pennsylvania (ATC) from 6/12/43. Then listed at Columbus, Ohio (ATC) from 9/12/43, and Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky (from 11/12/43), and assigned to the 391st BG. Flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Carribean Wing), departing the USA on 4/1/44. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 4/1/44, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 30/1/44. Original group aircraft flown overseas by 1st Lt. Frank K Schleicher and crew. Named after the pilots wife Ruth. The aircraft had flown 61 missions by 20/6/44, and went on to fly 159 combat missions, including 157 straight missions without an abort, an ETO record. Hit by flak in the right engine on the 30/3/45 mission to Bad Oyenhausen, Germany, causing a fuel leak. The pilot 2nd Lt. Ernest C Peterson turned off the target and salvoed the bomb load, before landing the aircraft on a single engine near Euskirchen with barely 15 gallons of fuel left. The aircraft was declared Cat. E and written off. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE CON SAL FEA on 27/2/46.

Picture listing for serial number: 42-95811
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
Schleicher CrewCrews42-95811
Nose art. RuthlessGarcia Collection42-95811
"Ruthless"Nose Art42-95811
"Ruthless"Nose Art42-95811
SchleicherCrews42-95811
"Ruthless"Nose Art42-95811

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95811
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
425 Feb 1944166135Nunnally5747811-G42-95811
702 Mar 1944166324Schleicher5727811-G42-95811
3122 Apr 1944166237Schleicher5727811-G42-95811
4401 May 1944166127Spare5737811-G42-95811
4707 May 1944166121Schleicher5726811-G42-95811
4807 May 1944166131Schleicher5727811-G42-95811
5310 May 1944166214Jobe5726811-G42-95811
5410 May 1944166223Alexander5726811-G42-95811
6015 May 1944166121Schleicher5726811-G42-95811
6119 May 1944166231Roeper5726811-G42-95811
6522 May 1944166133Smith5726811-G42-95811
7127 May 1944166223Fry5726811-G42-95811
7730 May 1944166121Schleicher5726811-G42-95811
7831 May 1944166121Erickson5726811-G42-95811
8406 Jun 1944166231Erickson5726811-G42-95811
8707 Jun 1944166221Roeper5726811-G42-95811
8808 Jun 1944166131Jobe5726811-G42-95811
9010 Jun 1944166236Alexander5726811-G42-95811
9312 Jun 1944166214Hanlon5726811-G42-95811
9513 Jun 1944166137Holliday5726811-G42-95811
9614 Jun 1944166213Holliday5726811-G42-95811
9715 Jun 1944166221Schleicher5726811-G42-95811
10020 Jun 1944166231Schleicher5746811-G42-95811
10121 Jun 1944166221Schleicher5726811-G42-95811
10221 Jun 1944166121Roeper5726811-G42-95811
10625 Jun 1944166241Spare Lead5726811-G42-95811
10805 Jul 1944166241Spare Lead5726811-G42-95811
10906 Jul 1944166211Schleicher5726811-G42-95811
11007 Jul 1944166221Roeper5726811-G42-95811
11412 Jul 1944166131Schleicher5728811-G42-95811
11919 Jul 1944166121Dickinson5726811-G42-95811
12225 Jul 1944166221Schleicher5726811-G42-95811
12326 Jul 1944166115Reynolds57225811-G42-95811
12326 Jul 1944166121Roeper5726811-G42-95811
12801 Aug 1944166241Spare Lead5726811-G42-95811
13708 Aug 1944166221Roeper5726811-G42-95811
16310 Sep 1944166241Spare Lead5726811-G42-95811
16714 Sep 1944166134Bollinger5736811-G42-95811
17127 Sep 1944A-73211Boylan5736811-G42-95811
18511 Nov 1944A-73215Lantz57260811-G42-95811
20423 Dec 1944A-73114Lippincott57550811-G42-95811
20625 Dec 1944A-73112Peterson57260811-G42-95811
20725 Dec 1944A-73114Peterson57260811-G42-95811
21014 Jan 1945A-73224Brockway57260811-G42-95811
21222 Jan 1945A-73214Brockway57260811-G42-95811
24303 Mar 1945A-73212Main57260811-G42-95811
24504 Mar 1945A-73136Lawson57460811-G42-95811
24706 Mar 1945A-73116Penneman57260811-G42-95811
25111 Mar 1945A-73224Chapin57260811-G42-95811
25514 Mar 1945A-73114Lantz57260811-G42-95811
26118 Mar 1945A-73221Detwiler57260811-G42-95811
26522 Mar 1945A-73121Peterson57260811-G42-95811