391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95947
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95947
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
947-D57242-95947P2-DTHE SWEAT BOXTaxi sheets. Redesignation of 947-U ?1
947-O57242-95947P2-OTHE SWEAT BOXTaxi sheets. Redesignation of 947-U ?1
947-U57242-95947P2-UTHE SWEAT BOXOriginal website42

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95947 (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 9/12/43. Next listed at Morris Field, Charlotte, North Carolina (ATC) from 13/12/43. Then flown to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 15/12/43). Assigned to the 8th AF at Hunter Field. Flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Carribean Wing), departing the USA on 31/12/43. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 31/12/43, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 30/1/44. Entered service with the 391st BG / 572nd BS in February 1944. Hit in the nose section by an 88mm flak gun over Irlich, Germany on 24/2/45. The bombardier, 2nd Lt. Kenneth F Fagan, and co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Warren M Wright were killed instantly, and the pilot, 2nd Lt. Paul R Young knocked temporarily unconscious. The aircraft dropped out of formation and went into a spin. The three gunners bailed out over enemy territory. The pilot came round, put the aircraft into a dive to recover the spin, which also put the fires that had started. He nursed the crippled plane back to allied lines and crash landed in a farmers field at Mersch. This was it's 120th mission. This was his 2nd crash landing in two weeks, see 43-34156. The pilot dropped the aircraft in from about 10,000 feet for a dead stick crash landing. Although he was badly injured in the face and suffering spinal injuries, he crawled from the burning wreck, and survived to be awarded the Silver Star for his bravery. The three gunners made their way safely back to allied lines. According to Horst Weber, the aircraft crashed at Bruchlandung near Mersch, Luxembourg. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON SAL NBD on 8/3/45.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95947
Mission Source_id Description Serial
237M12695MACR 12695, 42-95947. 24 Feb 194542-95947

Picture listing for serial number: 42-95947
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
Sweating It OutAirplanes42-95947
"The Sweat Box"Nose Art42-95947

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95947
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
702 Mar 1944166227Callison5742947-U42-95947
4301 May 1944166133Baxter5732947-U42-95947
4401 May 1944166133Baxter5732947-U42-95947
4502 May 1944166211Miller5722947-U42-95947
4707 May 1944166131Jobe5722947-U42-95947
4807 May 1944166117Jobe5722947-O42-95947
6119 May 1944166211Erickson57215947-U42-95947
6522 May 1944166114Miller57215947-U42-95947
7026 May 1944166211Miller57215947-U42-95947
7227 May 1944166211Jobe57215947-U42-95947
8103 Jun 1944166214Erickson57215947-U42-95947
8204 Jun 1944166221Erickson57215947-U42-95947
8406 Jun 1944166221Schleicher57215947-U42-95947
8808 Jun 1944166121Schleicher57215947-U42-95947
9010 Jun 1944166231Jobe57215947-U42-95947
9312 Jun 1944166221Roeper57215947-U42-95947
9513 Jun 1944166121Erickson57215947-U42-95947
9614 Jun 1944166211Schleicher57215947-U42-95947
9918 Jun 1944166241Spare Lead57215947-U42-95947
10020 Jun 1944166221Erickson57215947-U42-95947
10121 Jun 1944166232Fry57215947-U42-95947
10221 Jun 1944166123Koehl57215947-U42-95947
10805 Jul 1944166137Holliday57315947-U42-95947
10906 Jul 1944166226Sloss57215947-U42-95947
11007 Jul 1944166225Blute57215947-U42-95947
11919 Jul 1944166136Youse57315947-U42-95947
12023 Jul 1944166125Lowder57515947-U42-95947
12124 Jul 1944166242Spare Ship57215947-U42-95947
12225 Jul 1944166235Dewitt57215947-U42-95947
12428 Jul 1944166133Barker57215947-U42-95947
13306 Aug 1944166132Clapham57315947-U42-95947
13708 Aug 1944166216Dewitt57215947-U42-95947
16310 Sep 1944166236Baker57315947-U42-95947
16411 Sep 1944166231Boone57315947-U42-95947
16714 Sep 1944166236Brockway57215947-U42-95947
17127 Sep 1944A-73216Edwards57315947-U42-95947
18203 Nov 1944A-73223Brockway57269947-U42-95947
20423 Dec 1944A-73124Willis57569947-U42-95947
20625 Dec 1944A-73122Bonde57269947-D42-95947
20725 Dec 1944A-73122Bonde57269947-U42-95947
21906 Feb 1945A-73222Chapin57269947-U42-95947
22008 Feb 1945A-73314Bonde57269947-U42-95947
22310 Feb 1945A-73237Lehfeldt57469947-U42-95947
23018 Feb 1945A-73124Bonde57269947-U42-95947