391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 43-34144
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Aircraft information for serial number: 43-34144
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
144-V57343-34144T6-VRIGHTEOUS JONES / Smokey's Coach ?Original website18

Aircraft history for serial number: 43-34144 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Built at the Glenn L Martin factory at Baltimore, Maryland as a B-26G-1-MA. Accepted by the Army Air Force on 13/5/44. Then flown by New Castle (2nd Ferry Group), Wilmington, Deleware (from 3/6/44), to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 3/6/44). Then went to Grenier Army Air Field, New Hampshire (from 12/6/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the UK via the Northern Ferry Route, departing the USA on 15/6/44. The aircraft record card then lists, GLUE 9AF A (Europe - 9th AF) from 15/6/44, and GLUE 9AF G (Europe - 9th AF) from 25/6/44. Entered combat with the 391st BG / 574th BS on 11/8/44, coded 4L-K. Flew 3 combat missions till 14/8/44, then recoded 4L-H. Flew its first combat mission as 4L-H on 29/9/44. Sent to the service squadron on 14/10/44 after flying an additional 5 combat missions. On return the aircraft was assigned to the 573rd BS, recoded T6-V, and named "Smokies Coach & Righteous Jones". The aircraft had the two names painted, one on each side of the nose. Flew its first combat mission as T6-V on 3/11/44. Flew an additional 66 combat missions with the 573rd BS till April 1945, when the aircraft was transferred out of the group following the 391s BG's conversion to the Douglas A-26. The final entries on the aircraft record card list, GLUE CON SAL FEA on 30/3/46, and, "Condemned Overseas, dated 10/5/46".

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 43-34144
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
18203 Nov 1944A-73134Cox57330144-V43-34144
19229 Nov 1944A-73222Clark57330144-V43-34144
20423 Dec 1944A-73136Henage57430144-V43-34144
20625 Dec 1944A-73236Shanks57380144-V43-34144
20725 Dec 1944A-73233Prince57330144-V43-34144
20901 Jan 1945A-73216Jimenez57330144-V43-34144
21014 Jan 1945A-73232Clark57330144-V43-34144
21222 Jan 1945A-73135Jimenez57330144-V43-34144
21906 Feb 1945A-73237Thiedeman57230144-V43-34144
22008 Feb 1945A-73215Adrian57330144-V43-34144
23018 Feb 1945A-73226Hamilton57430144-V43-34144
24303 Mar 1945A-73234Clark57330144-V43-34144
24504 Mar 1945A-73214Schaffron57330144-V43-34144
24706 Mar 1945A-73126Thiedeman57230144-V43-34144
25111 Mar 1945A-73133Edwards57330144-V43-34144
25514 Mar 1945A-73012Leonard57430144-V43-34144
26118 Mar 1945A-73134Mosher57331144-V43-34144
26522 Mar 1945A-73125Fry57230144-V43-34144