391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95827
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95827
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
827-G57542-95827O8-GOriginal website10

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95827 (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 4/12/43, then flown by Cincinatti, Ohio (ATC Ferry) from 9/12/43, to 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 7/1/44. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 7/1/44, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 30/1/44. Original group aircraft ferried over from the USA by 1st Lt. Glenn D Kelly and crew. Shot down by flak on the 27/5/44 mission to the Maison Laffitte railroad bridge, France. The aircraft flown by Capt. James Franklin Shofner took a hit in the right engine setting it on fire approximately one minute after bomb release. The aircraft was then seen falling out of formation with the prop feathered and under control. The fire was extinguished and the pilot set for home, but was hit by light flak from the vicinity of Louvieres and crashed soon after, 1km North of Crisy, about 6 miles NW of Pontoise, France. All the crew bailed out and were captured. T/Sgt. Holdridge was transferred to the Air Force Hospital at Paris-Clichy with fractures to both ankles and a leg. See 42-95805 for a bizarre incident. MACR lists this aircraft as 574th BS. Engines, P&W R-2800-43, serials: FP-060041 (left), and, FP-060020 (right). The final entries on the aircraft record card list, GLUE 9AF CON AFMSC on 29/5/44, and, GLUE CON MIA on 29/5/44.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95827
Mission Source_id Description Serial
72M05131MACR 05131, 42-95827. 27 May 194442-95827

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95827
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
425 Feb 1944166223Kelley57241827-G42-95827
702 Mar 1944166316Sterngold57541827-G42-95827
4028 Apr 1944166216Watson57441827-G42-95827
4301 May 1944166234Hanish57541827-G42-95827
4401 May 1944166234Ruble57541827-G42-95827
4502 May 1944166112Carson57441827-G42-95827
4707 May 1944166234Alexander57441827-G42-95827
6015 May 1944166214Ljunggren57441827-G42-95827
7127 May 1944166134Shofner57441827-G42-95827
7227 May 1944166123Shofner57441827-G42-95827