391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95822
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95822
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
802-O57342-95822T6-OBLACK JACKTaxi sheets. Typo for 822-O ?1
822-D57342-95822T6-DBLACK JACKTaxi sheets. Typo for 822-O ?1
822-O57342-95822T6-OBLACK JACKOriginal website38
982-O57342-95822T6-OBLACK JACKTaxi sheets. Typo for 822-O ?1

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95822 (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 flown by New Castle (2nd Ferry Group), Wilmington, Deleware (from 4/12/43, to Middletown, Pennsylvania (ATC) from 7/12/43. 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 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. Ferried overseas by 1st Lt. David H Thorn. Shot down by flak on the 13/2/45 mission to the Euskirchen RR bridge, Germany. The aircraft flown by 1st Lt. Michael Dobda took a direct hit in the right engine and navigators compartment just after bombs away and immediately caught fire. It pulled to the right out of formation and appeared to be under control for about 60 seconds before it went into a flat spin, making about two revolutions, then exploded in mid air breaking in half about the rear bomb bay. 5 chutes were spotted before the pieces crashed to the ground about 500m east of Euskirchen RR station, Germany. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON MIA on 13/2/45. We also have this aircraft listed as 4L-O of the 574th BS, although the MACR states it is a 573rd BS aircraft. According to Horst Weber, the crash location was Kuchenheim by Euskirchen.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95822
Mission Source_id Description Serial
224M12244MACR 12244, 42-95822. 13 Feb 194542-95822

Picture listing for serial number: 42-95822
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
"Black Jack"Nose Art42-95822
"Black Jack"Nose Art42-95822
Hughes with Black JackPeople42-95822
Thorn CrewCrews42-95822
Thorn Crew #3Crews42-95822

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95822
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
425 Feb 1944166233Wolfe57523822-O42-95822
702 Mar 1944166134Thorn57323822-O42-95822
3122 Apr 1944166121Thorn57323822-O42-95822
4028 Apr 1944166122Blute57223822-O42-95822
4301 May 1944166121Ljunggren57323822-O42-95822
4401 May 1944166121Samuel57323822-O42-95822
4502 May 1944166236Fry57223802-O42-95822
4707 May 1944166125Reynolds57223822-O42-95822
5410 May 1944166231Jobe57223822-O42-95822
7026 May 1944166216Reynolds57223822-O42-95822
7127 May 1944166226Smith57223822-O42-95822
7227 May 1944166214Whitson57223822-O42-95822
7730 May 1944166125Dewitt57223982-O42-95822
8406 Jun 1944166324Logan57324822-O42-95822
8707 Jun 1944166214Sellers57324822-O42-95822
9918 Jun 1944166121Armstrong57324822-O42-95822
10020 Jun 1944166112Sloss57224822-O42-95822
10121 Jun 1944166235Holliday57224822-O42-95822
10221 Jun 1944166226Bollinger57324822-O42-95822
10805 Jul 1944166111Thorn57324822-O42-95822
11412 Jul 1944166243Spare Ship57324822-O42-95822
11919 Jul 1944166241Spare Lead57324822-O42-95822
12023 Jul 1944166214Thorn57322822-O42-95822
12124 Jul 1944166121Logan57324822-O42-95822
12225 Jul 1944166121Thorn57324822-O42-95822
12731 Jul 1944166221Thorn57324822-O42-95822
13105 Aug 1944166111Thorn57324822-O42-95822
13205 Aug 1944166111Thorn57324822-O42-95822
13306 Aug 1944166131Thorn57324822-O42-95822
16310 Sep 1944166211Rutledge57324822-O42-95822
16411 Sep 1944166224Daffern57324822-O42-95822
17127 Sep 1944A-73236Jimenez57324822-O42-95822
19229 Nov 1944A-73216Mosher57327822-O42-95822
20323 Dec 1944A-73226Schaffron57327822-D42-95822
20901 Jan 1945A-73223Dobda57327822-O42-95822
21222 Jan 1945A-73235Dobda57327822-O42-95822
21428 Jan 1945A-73012Wanstreet57327822-O42-95822
21529 Jan 1945A-73233Dobda57326822-O42-95822
21601 Feb 1945A-73213Dobda57327822-O42-95822
21906 Feb 1945A-73135Wanstreet57327822-O42-95822
22008 Feb 1945A-73225Wanstreet57327822-O42-95822