391st BOMB GROUP: Loadlist Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95797
Aircraft Details for serial number: 42-95797 - Note: Squadron and Codes shown are the most frequent non-blank values
Taxi Code Squadron Serial Code Missions
797-P57242-95797P2-P97

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95797 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Built at the Glenn L Martin factory at Baltimore, Maryland as a B-26B-45-MA. Accepted by the Army Air Force on 31/10/43. Next listed at Lynchburg Municipal Airport, Virginia (ATC) from 30/11/43. Then went to Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky (from 1/12/43), and assigned to the 391st BG. Flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Carribean Wing), departing the USA on 5/1/44. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 5/1/44, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 30/1/44. Original group aircraft flown over from the USA by 2nd Lt. Richard L Alexander in Jan 1944. Collided with 42-95802 (pilot, Capt. David H Thorn) on 25/8/44 returning from the mission to coastal defences at Ponascorff on the Brest Peninsula. The formation were experiencing low fuel reserves, and Capt. Thorn flying deputy lead dropped out of formation to set course for Cherbourg, intending to land at a forward base to refuel. As 2nd Lt. Elma Z Rice the pilot of this aircraft pulled up to regain position on the lead element, Lt. Thorns aircraft appeared under the left wing, and the aircraft collided. Despite Lt. Rice pulling up to avoid contact, the the aircraft's left propeller and wing were damaged by the tail section of Capt. Thorns aircraft as it slid along the left wing. Capt. Thorns aircraft spun down with the tail section broken off, with only one chute spotted. This aircraft flown by Lt. Rice decided to head for an allied landing strip in France after feathering the left prop, but after breaking out of the clouds at 3,000 feet, was fired upon from flak batteries on Jersey & Guernsey which now knocked out the right engine and killed the radio operator Sgt. Melvin C Schuler, Jnr. The tail gunner, Sgt. Thomas W Hume bailed out and survived. The aircraft ditched successfully in the water near Sillon de Talbert at L'Amour off the Brest Peninsula, near Guernsey. The surviving 4 crew took to the liferaft and were picked up by the US Navy destroyer, USS Borum. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON MIA on 26/8/44.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95797
Mission Source_id Description Serial
151A00038Accident Report, 42-95797. 25 Aug 194442-95797

Picture listing for serial number: 42-95797
Picture Title Picture Category Serial
"T.S. Ticket"Nose Art42-95797
"T.S. Ticket"Nose Art42-95797
Rice CrewCrews42-95797
"T.S. Ticket"Nose Art42-95797

Loadlist Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95797
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot A/C Squadron Hardstand Taxi Code Serial Status
115 Feb 1944166137Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797
425 Feb 1944166132McNulty, M. E.572797-P42-95797
528 Feb 1944166233Alexander, R. L.5723797-P42-95797
629 Feb 1944166117Fleck, W. E.572797-42-95797spare
702 Mar 1944166217Horridge, R. M.572797-42-95797struck
803 Mar 1944166317Morr, R. S.572797-P142-95797
1005 Mar 1944166327Logan, R. B.572797-P42-95797flak
1106 Mar 1944166236Alexander, R. L.797-42-95797no fly
1207 Mar 1944166215Alexander, R. L.5721797-P42-95797
1623 Mar 1944166226Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797aborted
1826 Mar 1944166225Baehr, R. E.5723797-P42-95797
2110 Apr 1944166222Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
2210 Apr 1944166222Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797flak
2518 Apr 1944166127Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
2619 Apr 1944166232Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797aborted
2719 Apr 1944166232Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
2820 Apr 1944166113Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797flak
2920 Apr 1944166113Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797
3021 Apr 1944166122Koehl, W. F.572797-42-95797flak
3122 Apr 1944166136Whitson, J. H.572797-42-95797
3222 Apr 1944166136Jobe, R. C.572797-P42-95797flak
3323 Apr 1944166231Salmon, D. J.572797-42-95797flak
3525 Apr 1944166134Shofner, J. F.572797-42-95797
3827 Apr 1944166236Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797
3927 Apr 1944166233Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797flak
4028 Apr 1944166126Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797aborted
4130 Apr 1944166216Harlow, F. S.572797-42-95797
4230 Apr 1944166216Lakin, R. K.572797-42-95797
4301 May 1944166125Bjork, P. A.5723797-P142-95797
4401 May 1944166125Bjork, P. A.572797-42-95797
4502 May 1944166215Koehl, W. F.572797-42-95797
4707 May 1944166127Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797
4807 May 1944166127Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797
4908 May 1944166122Dearing, R. B.572797-P42-95797
5008 May 1944166213Tucker, T. F.5723797-D42-95797flak
5611 May 1944166116Baxter, R. E.572797-42-95797
5712 May 1944166221Samuel, J. S.572797-P42-95797
5913 May 1944166124Hanish, B. C.57216797-P142-95797flak
6015 May 1944166115Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
6925 May 1944166122Cassiday, C. E.57216797-P42-95797
7026 May 1944166215Walker, H. H.57216797-P42-95797flak
7328 May 1944166234Clark, R. H.57216797-P42-95797
7428 May 1944166131Olfson, J. W.57216797-P142-95797
7529 May 1944166122Harlow, F. S.57216797-P42-95797aborted
8002 Jun 1944166114Dooley, J. E.57216797-P42-95797aborted
8103 Jun 1944166236Crim, H. L.572797-P42-95797
8204 Jun 1944166222Alexander, R. L.57216797-P42-95797flak
8406 Jun 1944166224Schirmer, L. F.57216797-P42-95797flak
8506 Jun 1944166114Dickinson, R. G.572797-P42-95797
8707 Jun 1944166223McCarty, J. P.57216797-P42-95797
8808 Jun 1944166133Crim, H. L.572797-42-95797flak
8908 Jun 1944166114Armstrong, J. F.57216797-P42-95797
9110 Jun 1944166212Boylan, J. J.572797-42-95797
9211 Jun 1944166215Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797
9513 Jun 1944166135Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
9614 Jun 1944166225Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
9715 Jun 1944166242Spare, 16797-P42-95797spare
9817 Jun 1944166213Dearing, R. B.572797-P42-95797
9918 Jun 1944166115Bollinger, C. M.572797-P42-95797
10020 Jun 1944166225Alexander, R. L.57216797-P42-95797
10221 Jun 1944166136Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797
10322 Jun 1944166136Dillard, F. P.572797-P42-95797
10422 Jun 1944166223Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797
10524 Jun 1944166123Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
10805 Jul 1944166242Spare, 16797-P42-95797spare
10906 Jul 1944166212Barker, F. E.572797-P42-95797
11007 Jul 1944166222Dooley, J. E.57216797-P42-95797
11108 Jul 1944166122Martin, M. M.572797-P42-95797flak
11211 Jul 1944166133Blute, J. W.572797-42-95797
11412 Jul 1944166233Lowe, W. F.572797-P42-95797
11515 Jul 1944166322Alexander, R. L.16797-P42-95797struck
11616 Jul 1944166232Alexander, R. L.572797-42-95797
11716 Jul 1944166226Alexander, R. L.57216797-P42-95797
11818 Jul 1944166125Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
11919 Jul 1944166122Baehr, R. E.572797-P42-95797
12225 Jul 1944166216Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
12326 Jul 1944166122Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797flak
12731 Jul 1944166225Holliday, R. L.572797-P42-95797flak
12801 Aug 1944166132Olfson, J. W.572797-P42-95797
12902 Aug 1944166136Saunders, R. M.57216797-P42-95797
13003 Aug 1944166133Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
13105 Aug 1944166137Alexander, R. L.16797-P42-95797no fly
13205 Aug 1944166126Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
13306 Aug 1944166137Alexander, R. L.57216797-P42-95797
13406 Aug 1944166236Alexander, R. L.57216797-P42-95797
13507 Aug 1944166213Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
13607 Aug 1944166213Dewitt, G. A.572797-P42-95797flak
13708 Aug 1944166223Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
13910 Aug 1944166235Boyd, R. H.572797-P42-95797
14010 Aug 1944166122Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
14111 Aug 1944166123Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
14212 Aug 1944166116Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797
14313 Aug 1944166126Clapham, L. M.572797-P42-95797
14413 Aug 1944166125Rice, E. Z.57216797-P42-95797
14615 Aug 1944166213Alexander, R. L.572797-P42-95797flak
14716 Aug 1944166222Alexander, R. L.57216797-P42-95797
15125 Aug 1944166216Rice, E. Z.57216797-P42-95797