391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95853
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95853
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
853-F57542-95853O8-FMISS LAIDOriginal website30

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95853 (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 Washington, D.C (ATC) from 11/12/43. Then went to Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky (from 12/12/43), 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 30/1/44. Original group aircraft. The aircraft had flown 62 missions by 20/6/44. Crashed onto a bungalow on the north side of Chemsford road at Hatfield Heath on 24/9/44, returning from a ferry mission to the groups new base at Roye/Amy, France. The aircraft ran into a storm in the late evening and was unable to locate the base. The pilot 2nd Lt. Howard H Nolan and the other two crew on board were killed. At 2140 hours the pilot appears to have lost control of the aircraft possibly due to vertigo, and was recovering the aircraft when it struck the top of a tree, 300 yards from where it crashed. Also listed as a 575th BS aircraft (on accident records), and coded O8-F, needs confirmation. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON SAL NBD on 24/9/44.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95853
Mission Source_id Description Serial
0A00043Accident Report, 42-95853. 24 Sep 194442-95853

Picture listing for serial number: 42-95853
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
"Miss Laid"Nose Art42-95853
Miss Laid and 575BS Ground CrewPeople42-95853
42-95853 Crash ReportMiscellaneous42-95853
42-95853 Crash Photo #1Miscellaneous42-95853
42-95853 Crash Photo #2Miscellaneous42-95853
42-95853 Crash Photo #3Miscellaneous42-95853
42-95853 Crash Photo #4Miscellaneous42-95853
"Miss Laid"Nose Art42-95853
"Miss Laid" with Tucker.Nose Art42-95853
"Miss Laid"Nose Art42-95853

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95853
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
425 Feb 1944166225Young57239853-F42-95853
4301 May 1944166233Ruble57539853-F42-95853
4401 May 1944166233Fleck57539853-F42-95853
4502 May 1944166136Newman57439853-F42-95853
4502 May 1944166137Talton57439853-F42-95853
4707 May 1944166213Metelsky57439853-F42-95853
5310 May 1944166135Alexander57439853-F42-95853
5410 May 1944166121Barger57439853-F42-95853
7026 May 1944166136Newman57439853-F42-95853
7127 May 1944166233Alexander57239853-F42-95853
7127 May 1944166242Spare Ship57539853-F42-95853
7831 May 1944166235Majka57439853-F42-95853
8406 Jun 1944166137Newman57439853-F42-95853
8707 Jun 1944166133Ruble57539853-F42-95853
9010 Jun 1944166132Alexander57439853-F42-95853
9513 Jun 1944166224Armstrong57339853-F42-95853
9614 Jun 1944166132Ruble57539853-F42-95853
9918 Jun 1944166232Ruble57539853-F42-95853
10020 Jun 1944166315Ruble57539853-F42-95853
10625 Jun 1944166225Callison57439853-F42-95853
10805 Jul 1944166232Ruble57239853-F42-95853
11412 Jul 1944166125Tavener57539853-F42-95853
12124 Jul 1944166214Ruble57539853-F42-95853
12326 Jul 1944166215Newman57439853-F42-95853
12428 Jul 1944166216Schreiber57539853-F42-95853
12801 Aug 1944166115Ekstrom57539853-F42-95853
13105 Aug 1944166233Ruble57539853-F42-95853
13205 Aug 1944166233Ruble57539853-F42-95853
16310 Sep 1944166124Breeseman57539853-F42-95853
16411 Sep 1944166131Ruble57539853-F42-95853