391st BOMB GROUP: Aircraft information for serial number: 43-34440
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Aircraft information for serial number: 43-34440
Taxi Squadron Serial Code Name Source Taxi Sheets
440-Q57543-34440O8-QOriginal website4

Aircraft history for serial number: 43-34440 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Built at the Glenn L Martin factory at Baltimore, Maryland as a B-26G-10-MA. Accepted by the Army Air Force on 27/7/44. Then flown by Baltimore, Maryland (ATC) from 3/8/44, to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 3/8/44). Next went to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine (from 10/8/44), from where the aircraft was flown overseas to the 9th AF in the UK via the Northern Ferry Route, departing the USA on 12/8/44. The aircraft record card then lists, GLUE 9AF A (Europe - 9th AF) from 12/8/44, and GLUE 9AF G (Europe - 9th AF) from 22/8/44. Entered combat with the 391st BG / 575th BS on 13/10/44. Shot down by Me-109 and Fw-190 fighters over Bitburg, Germany on the 23/12/44 mission to the Ahrweiler railway viaduct, Germany. The aircraft suffered damaged controls. hydraulics, radio, and right engine. With the starboard engine and wing on fire, the pilot 2nd Lt. Donald N Sharp ordered to crew to bail out. The bail out bell failed to work, so the co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Raymond Elwin Hedstrom, crawled through the blazing bomb bay to warn the crew members in the rear of the aircraft. He and three crew members in the rear bailed out of the rear of the aircraft, but the pilot was killed when the aircraft crashed about 10 miles NW of Bitburg, 4 miles east of the Prum river. Engines, P&W, R-2800-43, serials: FP-063694 (left), and, FP-063635 (right). The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, SOXO CON MIA on 23/12/44. The MACR states that this aircraft was 574th BS and carried no name.

Incident listing for serial number: 43-34440
Mission Source_id Description Serial
203M11486MACR 11486, 43-34440. 23 Dec 194443-34440

Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 43-34440
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot Squadron Hardstand Taxi Serial
18203 Nov 1944A-73236Sharp57510440-Q43-34440
18511 Nov 1944A-73232Sharp57510440-Q43-34440
19229 Nov 1944A-73125Hoar57510440-Q43-34440
20323 Dec 1944A-73123Sharp57543440-Q43-34440