391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 43-34309
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Aircraft information for serial number: 43-34309
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
309-C57443-343094L-COriginal website (after xfer from 573BS).1
309-G57343-34309T6-GOriginal website (before xfer to 574BS).1

Aircraft history for serial number: 43-34309 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Built at the Glenn L Martin factory at Baltimore, Maryland as a B-26G-5-MA. Accepted by the Army Air Force on 24/6/44. Then flown by Baltimore, Maryland (ATC) from 5/7/44, to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 5/7/44). Next went to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine (from 17/7/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the UK via the Northern Ferry Route, departing the USA on 18/7/44. The aircraft record card then lists, GLUE 9AF A (Europe - 9th AF) from 17/7/44, and GLUE 9AF G (Europe - 9th AF) from 23/7/44. Entered combat with the 391st BS / 573rd BS on 20/7/44. Crash landed on 6/10/44, flown by Capt. William R Boone. The aircraft was sent to the service squadron for repairs. It rejoined the 391st BG and was assigned to the 574th BS, recoded 4L-C. Resumed combat with the 574th BS on 11/12/44. Lost on the Ahrweiler railway viaduct mission of 23/12/44. The aircraft was attacked by Me-109 and Fw-190 fighters, which killed the tail gunner, S/Sgt. Robert D Buckley, who was killed by a 20mm shell wound to the chest. The pilot 1st Lt. Clarence E Mickelson, and Lt. Col. Donald K Brandon ,the CO of the 574th BS, who was flying as an observer and command pilot, took over the controls, and were killed attempting to crash land the aircraft, after the rest of the crew had bailed out. Engines, P&W, R-2800-43, serials: FP-063377 (left), and, FP-063447 (right). The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, SOXO CON MIA on 23/12/44.

Incident listing for serial number: 43-34309
Mission Source_id Description Serial
203M11651MACR 11651, 43-34309. 23 Dec 194443-34309

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 43-34309
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
16310 Sep 1944166213Dunn57324309-G43-34309
20323 Dec 1944A-73131Mickelson57446309-C43-34309