391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95821
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95821
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
821-O57542-95821O8-OMISS TAKEOriginal website11

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95821 (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 9/11/43. Next listed at Pittsburgh, Ohio (ATC) from 2/12/43, and Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky (from 6/1/44), and assigned to the 391st BG. Then went to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 11/1/44), and Jacksonville Army Air Field, Florida (ATC) from 25/1/44, then on to Homestead Army Air Field, Florida (from 26/1/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Carribean Wing), departing the USA on 27/1/44. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 27/1/44, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 30/1/44, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 24/2/44. Shot down by flak on the 8/7/44 mission to Nantes RR bridge, France. The lead aircraft flown by Lt. Col. George W Stalnaker, the 575th BS CO, was hit in the right engine over the target. Approximately 20 minutes later after completing the bomb run, the crew bailed out, after which the aircraft banked away in the opposite direction, stalled, went into a spin and exploded on impact with the ground near Coesmes in the Ille Vilaine region of Rennes, Brittany, about 19 miles SE of Rennes. All 8 of the crew bailed out (1 was captured, 7 evaded). The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON MIA on 10/7/44.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95821
Mission Source_id Description Serial
111M06649MACR 06649, 42-95821. 8 Jul 194442-95821

Picture listing for serial number: 42-95821
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
Stalnaker CrewCrews42-95821

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95821
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
8103 Jun 1944166133Watson57438821-O42-95821
8707 Jun 1944166134Jannsen57538821-O42-95821
9010 Jun 1944166131Bush57438821-O42-95821
9312 Jun 1944166125Lowder57438821-O42-95821
9513 Jun 1944166221Sellers57338821-O42-95821
9614 Jun 1944166111Samuel57538821-O42-95821
9715 Jun 1944166111Samuel57334821-O42-95821
9918 Jun 1944166221Harkins57538821-O42-95821
10020 Jun 1944166311Stalnaker57538821-O42-95821
10625 Jun 1944166111Thorn57338821-O42-95821
10805 Jul 1944166211Stalnaker57538821-O42-95821