391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95842
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95842
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
842-D57342-95842T6-DHITCH HIKEROriginal website26

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95842 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Built at the Glenn L Martin factory at Baltimore, Maryland as a B-26B-50-MA. Accepted by the Army Air Force on 18/11/43. Next listed at Pittsburgh, Ohio (ATC) from 9/12/43. Then flown to Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky (from 13/12/43), 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 19/2/44. Original group aircraft flown overseas by Capt. James H Gilmore and crew. Shot down by flak on 28/7/44. Aircraft crashed in the Thury-Harcourt region in Normandy on route to the target, a railway bridge at Grosley-sur-Risle. The aircraft flown by 1st Lt. Robert H Clark took a direct hit about the waist position and broke in half. Only three of the crew managed to bail out and survive as the two pieces spiralled down, the pilot, 1st Lt George L Parker, the co-pilot, & S/Sgt. John W Sweren, the tail gunner. 1st Lt. Clark flew as co-pilot when the aircraft was originally flown over from the USA. Flew at least 63+ missions. Marked "Priscilla" on the port engine. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON MIA on 29/7/44.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95842
Mission Source_id Description Serial
124M09831MACR 09831, 42-95842. 28 Jul 194442-95842

Picture listing for serial number: 42-95842
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
"The Hitch Hiker"Nose Art42-95842
"Hitch Hiker"Nose Art42-95842
"Hitch Hiker"Nose Art42-95842

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95842
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
702 Mar 1944166125Anderson57316842-D42-95842
3122 Apr 1944166133Clark57316842-D42-95842
7026 May 1944166233Koehl57228842-D42-95842
7227 May 1944166237Youse57316842-D42-95842
7730 May 1944166136Koehl57228842-D42-95842
7831 May 1944166136Koehl57228842-D42-95842
8103 Jun 1944166235Hall57220842-D42-95842
8204 Jun 1944166232Holliday57228842-D42-95842
8406 Jun 1944166136Callison57429842-D42-95842
9010 Jun 1944166232Koehl57228842-D42-95842
9312 Jun 1944166233Danforth57228842-D42-95842
9513 Jun 1944166233Clark57328842-D42-95842
9614 Jun 1944166242Spare Ship57328842-D42-95842
9715 Jun 1944166113Clark57328842-D42-95842
9918 Jun 1944166132Clark57328842-D42-95842
10020 Jun 1944166116Crim57228842-D42-95842
10121 Jun 1944166242Loaded Spare57328842-D42-95842
10221 Jun 1944166223Clark57328842-D42-95842
10625 Jun 1944166122Clark57328842-D42-95842
10805 Jul 1944166132Clark57328842-D42-95842
11919 Jul 1944166232Callison57428842-D42-95842
12023 Jul 1944166232Evans57428842-D42-95842
12124 Jul 1944166123Clark57328842-D42-95842
12225 Jul 1944166123Clark57328842-D42-95842
12326 Jul 1944166232Garwick57428842-D42-95842
12428 Jul 1944166123Clark57328842-D42-95842