391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 43-34339
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Aircraft information for serial number: 43-34339
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
339-U1PFS43-34339IH-UPaul Clouting

Aircraft history for serial number: 43-34339 (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 30/6/44. Then flown by Baltimore, Maryland (ATC) from 8/7/44, to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 8/7/44). 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 1st Pathfinder SQN on 5/12/44. Crashed on take off from A-61 Beauvais / Tille, France on 15/12/44 following an engine failure. The pilot, Capt. Dudley A Phillips had conducted a thorough ground check of the engines, then started the take-off from A-61 on a form "J" clearance flight to A-72 Airfield, Perrone, France. Immediately after becoming airborne, and just as the wheels were coming up, the left engine manifold pressure fell off to 25-30 inches of mercury. The pilot managed to control the torque caused by losing an engine, but the airspeed began to fall off, so he elected to cut the throttles and made a belly landing at 0956 hours. The crew were uninjured, but the aircraft suffered Cat.4 damage and was salvaged on 16/12/44. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON SAL NBD on 16/12/44. One source has the crash date listed as 13/12/44, but the accident report date says 15/12/44, needs confirmation.