391st BOMB GROUP: Loadlist Aircraft information for serial number: 42-107597
Aircraft Details for serial number: 42-107597 - Note: Squadron and Codes shown are the most frequent non-blank values
Taxi Code Squadron Serial Code Missions

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-107597 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Delivered from the Martin Omaha plant. Next listed as Omaha, Nebraska (ATC) from 21/1/44, and Atlanta, Georgia (ATC) from 29/1/44. Then went to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 30/1/44). Flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Caribbean Wing), departing the USA on 10/2/44. The record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe) on 10/2/44, and SOXO R (Europe) on 7/3/44. Ferried over from the USA in Feb 1944 by 2nd Lt. Robert L Holliday and crew. Assigned to the 391st BG / 574th BS entering combat on 9/5/44. Lost on the 23/12/44 Ahrweiler Railway Viaduct mission. The aircraft flown by 1st Lt. Ralph Henry Lesmeister was attacked and rammed by an Me-109 fighter of 10/JG-3 flown by Fahnrich Adolph Tham, which severed the tail section, killing the tail gunner, S/Sgt. John H Stephenson. The rest of the crew bailed out and were captured. The aircraft went down with both wings on fire and crashed at Adenau, near Trier, Germany. Engines, P&W, R-2800-43, serials: FP-060555 (left), and, 42-50744 (right). The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, SOXO CON MIA (9th AF) on 23/12/44.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-107597
Mission Source_id Description Serial
203M11669MACR 11669, 42-107597. 23 Dec 194442-107597

Loadlist Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-107597
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot A/C Squadron Hardstand Taxi Code Serial Status
5109 May 1944166246Spare, 29597-P42-107597spare
5209 May 1944166236Dewitt, G. A.574597-P42-107597
5310 May 1944166123Wolfe, W. W.574597-P42-107597
5410 May 1944166116Wolfe, W. W.574597-42-107597
5611 May 1944166234Whitson, J. H.574597-P42-107597
5712 May 1944166132Sullivan, L. R.574597-42-107597
5812 May 1944166133Sullivan, L. R.574597-42-107597
5913 May 1944166117Evans, F. L.57432597-P242-107597spare
6015 May 1944166225Evans, F. L.574597-P42-107597
6119 May 1944166133Morris, W. E.574597-P42-107597
6421 May 1944166133Sullivan, L. R.57432597-P142-107597
6522 May 1944166223Dauteuil, D. F.57432597-P42-107597
6623 May 1944166231Newcomer, H. C.57432597-P142-107597
6824 May 1944166234Wolfe, D. H.574597-P42-107597
7026 May 1944166131Newcomer, H. C.57432597-P42-107597
7127 May 1944166125Lowe, W. F.57432597-P42-107597
7328 May 1944166113Wilkinson, E. S.57432597-P42-107597flak
7428 May 1944166125Kiedinger, C. E.57432597-P42-107597flak
9010 Jun 1944166126Horridge, R. M.574597-P42-107597
9312 Jun 1944166116Metelsky, P.574597-42-107597
9513 Jun 1944166136Koehl, W. F.574597-P42-107597
9715 Jun 1944166225Kiedinger, C. E.57432597-P42-107597
10020 Jun 1944166235Ljunggren, E. N.57432597-P42-107597
10625 Jun 1944166231Newcomer, H. C.574597-P42-107597
11007 Jul 1944166122Martin, M. M.57432597-P42-107597
11211 Jul 1944166224Ruble, J. C.574597-P42-107597aborted
11312 Jul 1944166236Stanfield, L. B.57432597-P42-107597
11412 Jul 1944166231Majka, F. J.574597-P42-107597
11919 Jul 1944166213Evans, F. L.574597-P42-107597
12124 Jul 1944166131Bush, F. E.57432597-P42-107597
12326 Jul 1944166216Evans, F. L.574597-P42-107597
12731 Jul 1944166112Schreiber, L. A.574597-P42-107597flak
13306 Aug 1944166232Schirmer, L. F.57432597-P42-107597
13406 Aug 1944166116Evans, F. L.57432597-P42-107597
13507 Aug 1944166113Talton, J. R.574597-42-107597
13607 Aug 1944166132Evans, F. L.574597-P42-107597flak
14010 Aug 1944166212Evans, F. L.574597-P42-107597
14111 Aug 1944166216Evans, F. L.574597-P42-107597
14514 Aug 1944166234Rutledge, E.57432597-P42-107597
14615 Aug 1944166134Evans, F. L.574597-42-107597
14716 Aug 1944166134Evans, F. L.57432597-P42-107597flak
14917 Aug 1944166135Kirschke, W. H. E.57432597-P42-107597
15125 Aug 1944166236Evans, F. L.57432597-P42-107597
15226 Aug 1944166224Evans, F. L.57432597-P42-107597flak
15327 Aug 1944166231Evans, F. L.57432597-P42-107597flak
15803 Sep 1944166137Wilkinson, E. S.57432597-P42-107597
16005 Sep 1944166214Lakin, R. K.57432597-P42-107597
16411 Sep 1944166243Spare, 32597-P42-107597spare
16512 Sep 1944166232Evans, F. L.57432597-P42-107597
16612 Sep 1944166214Evans, F. L.57432597-P42-107597
16714 Sep 1944166242Spare, 32597-P42-107597spare
16816 Sep 1944166125Haynes, J. S.57432597-P42-107597
17229 Sep 1944166222Evans, F. L.57432597-P42-107597
17813 Oct 1944A-73222Newman, R. A.57449597-P42-107597flak
17914 Oct 1944A-73224Evans, F. L.574597-P42-107597
18029 Oct 1944A-73216Chism, J. W.57449597-P42-107597flak
18309 Nov 1944A-73122Evans, F. L.57449597-P42-107597flak
18618 Nov 1944A-73112Evans, F. L.574RW597-P42-107597flak
18921 Nov 1944A-73013Kirton, W. T.574597-42-107597
19025 Nov 1944A-73233Morris, W. E.574RW597-P42-107597
19605 Dec 1944A-73122Lesmeister, R. H.574597-42-107597flak
19709 Dec 1944A-73215Lesmeister, R. H.574RW597-P42-107597
19911 Dec 1944A-73236Lesmeister, R. H.574RW597-P42-107597
20113 Dec 1944A-73122Lesmeister, R. H.574597-42-107597
20323 Dec 1944A-73235Lesmeister, R. H.574597-42-107597