391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95845
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95845
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
845-O57542-95845O8-OHOOF HEARTSTaxi sheets. Redesignation of 845-Q ?1
845-Q57542-95845O8-QHOOF HEARTSOriginal website1

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95845 (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 15/11/43. Next listed at Pittsburgh, Ohio (ATC) from 9/12/43. Then flown 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 8/1/44. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 8/1/44, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 19/2/44. Original group aircraft. Shot down by flak enroute to the target on the 27/4/44 mission to the marshalling yards at Arras, France. The aircraft flown by Capt. William S Aldridge was hit in the right wing which set the engine and wing on fire. The aircraft pulled right out of the formation catching the belly of 42-95833 with its wing. The bomb load was salvoed and 5 crewmen managed to bail out before the aircraft went out of control, crashing 800m south of Aubermesnil, 9 km south of Dieppe, and exploded. The final entries on the aircraft record card list, GLUE 9AF CON AFMSC on 29/4/44, and, GLUE 9AF CON MIA on 29/4/44.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95845
Mission Source_id Description Serial
39M04216MACR 04216, 42-95845. 27 Apr 194442-95845

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95845
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
702 Mar 1944166333Ruble57540845-O42-95845
3122 Apr 1944166116Hartman57340845-Q42-95845