391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 42-96102
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Aircraft information for serial number: 42-96102
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
102-F57342-96102T6-FLILLY COMMANDOTaxi sheets. Redesignation of 102-X ?1
102-X57342-96102T6-XLILLY COMMANDOOriginal website27

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-96102 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Built at the Glenn L Martin factory at Baltimore, Maryland as a B-26B-55-MA. Accepted by the Army Air Force on 17/1/44. Next went to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 24/1/44). Then went to Homestead Army Air Field, Florida (from 2/2/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Caribbean Wing), departing the USA on 4/2/44 for the 9th AF. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) from 4/2/44, and, SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 24/2/44. Entered service with the 391st BG / 573rd BS on 7/6/44. The aircraft crashed in farmland at Moons Farm, Norpitts, near Ashingdon, near to the north of the Canewdon Road, 2 miles Northeast of Rochford, Essex (map reference M313126) on 24/9/44 at 2140 hours, whilst returning from a ferry mission to the groups new base at Roye/Amy, France. The aircraft ran into a storm in the late evening having came back from France. They were unable to locate the airfield at Matching Green due to the severe weather and attempting to let down through the overcast crashed. The pilot 2nd Lt. Jack T Hanlon and crew were killed in the crash. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON SAL NBD on 24/9/44. A memorial plaque to the airmen lost in this crash is on display at the Ashingdon and East Hawkwell Memorial Hall, the crash site itself, and at nearby St.Andrews Church. Also listed as P2-X of the 572nd BS, needs confirmation.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-96102
Mission Source_id Description Serial
0A00044Accident Report, 42-96102. 24 Sep 194442-96102

Picture listing for serial number: 42-96102
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
"Lily Commando"Nose Art42-96102
"Lilly Commando"Nose Art42-96102
Two ships in element from cockpitMiscellaneous42-96102
"Lilly Commando" with unknown personNose Art42-96102
"Lilly Commando" with Tucker.Nose Art42-96102
"Lilly Commando"Nose Art42-96102

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-96102
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
4807 May 1944166123Blute5724102-F42-96102
8103 Jun 1944166231Jobe5722102-X42-96102
8707 Jun 1944166234Logan57328102-X42-96102
9010 Jun 1944166243Spare Ship57323102-X42-96102
9312 Jun 1944166226Koehl57223102-X42-96102
9513 Jun 1944166212Youse57323102-X42-96102
9614 Jun 1944166222Reynolds57223102-X42-96102
9715 Jun 1944166112Boylan57323102-X42-96102
9918 Jun 1944166126Youse57323102-X42-96102
10020 Jun 1944166122Boylan57323102-X42-96102
10121 Jun 1944166216Baehr57223102-X42-96102
10221 Jun 1944166232Youse57323102-X42-96102
10625 Jun 1944166113Youse57323102-X42-96102
10805 Jul 1944166112Boylan57323102-X42-96102
10906 Jul 1944166236Crim57223102-X42-96102
11007 Jul 1944166242Spare Ship57322102-X42-96102
11412 Jul 1944166237Youse57323102-X42-96102
12023 Jul 1944166225Youse57323102-X42-96102
12124 Jul 1944166125Youse57323102-X42-96102
12225 Jul 1944166126Youse57323102-X42-96102
12326 Jul 1944166123Mccarty57223102-X42-96102
12731 Jul 1944166222Youse57323102-X42-96102
12801 Aug 1944166215Youse57323102-X42-96102
13105 Aug 1944166115Youse57323102-X42-96102
13205 Aug 1944166115Youse57323102-X42-96102
13306 Aug 1944166133Youse57323102-X42-96102
16310 Sep 1944166216Edwards57323102-X42-96102
16411 Sep 1944166233Edwards57323102-X42-96102