391st BOMB GROUP: Loadlist Aircraft information for serial number: 42-95873
Aircraft Details for serial number: 42-95873 - Note: Squadron and Codes shown are the most frequent non-blank values
Taxi Code Squadron Serial Code Missions
873-U57442-958734L-U80

Aircraft history for serial number: 42-95873 (kindly provided by Paul Clouting).
Built at the Glenn L Martin factory at Baltimore, Maryland as a B-26B-50-MA. Accepted by the Army Air Force on 19/11/43. Next flown to the 3rd AF staging area at Hunter Field, Savannah, Georgia (from 16/12/43). Flown overseas to the UK via the Southern Ferry Route (Listed as Carribean Wing), departing the USA on 3/1/44. The aircraft record card then lists, SOXO A (Europe - 8th AF) on 3/1/44, and SOXO R (Europe - 8th AF) from 30/1/44. Crashed on take off from A-73, Roye/Amy at 0916 hours on 5/10/44 for the combat mission to the communications centre at Ulbenhoven, Germany. The aircraft flown by 1st Lt. John R Talton was completely destroyed, killing five of the crew. The only survivor was tail gunner, S/Sgt. Arden J Collison, but he was seriously injured. When the formation began to take-off, the visibility of less around one mile, but fog was rolling in, and by the time this aircraft began its take-off run the visibility was down to between 200 and 400 yards. Shortly after it became airborne the aircraft struck a combine working in a field, then collided with high tension cables and crashed about 2 miles NE of Roye/Amy airfield, and caught fire. The initial collision damaged the right propellor and knocked the right engine off its mounting. The runway used for this take-off makes it nescessary to climb 200-300 feet per minute to maintain a safe ground clearance because of the rising terrain and power lines. The final entry on the aircraft record card lists, GLUE 9AF CON SAL NBD on 6/10/44. We have seen a photo of this aircraft in flight, confirming the serial and codes.

Incident listing for serial number: 42-95873
Mission Source_id Description Serial
-174M15281MACR 15281, 42-95873. 5 Oct 194442-95873

Loadlist Taxi Sheet listing for serial number: 42-95873
Mission Date Station Box Flight Position Pilot A/C Squadron Hardstand Taxi Code Serial Status
115 Feb 1944166135Walker, H. A.873-42-95873
629 Feb 1944166137Sparks, R. L.873-42-95873no fly
702 Mar 1944166223Wolfe, W. W.574873-42-95873
803 Mar 1944166212Wolfe, W. W.574873-42-95873
1005 Mar 1944166111Brandon, D. K.574873-U42-95873
1106 Mar 1944166335Nunally, C. M.574873-U42-95873
1207 Mar 1944166311Loesch, L. F.57432873-U42-95873
1419 Mar 1944166211Loesch, L. F.57432873-U42-95873
1826 Mar 1944166246Porter, H. D.57432873-U42-95873
2110 Apr 1944166231Sullens, J. A.574873-42-95873
2210 Apr 1944166231Sullens, J. A.574873-42-95873
2311 Apr 1944166211Erickson, W. G.57432873-U42-95873
3122 Apr 1944166211Brandon, D. K.574873-A42-95873flak
3525 Apr 1944166131Kahley, W. F.574873-U42-95873
3625 Apr 1944166131Bush, F. E.574873-42-95873
3726 Apr 1944166126Rutledge, E.574873-42-95873
3827 Apr 1944166232Smith, J. W.574873-U42-95873
3927 Apr 1944166322Smith, J. W.574873-U42-95873
4028 Apr 1944166211Brandon, D. K.574873-42-95873
4301 May 1944166223Martin, M. M.57432873-U42-95873
4401 May 1944166223Harlow, F. S.574873-U42-95873
4502 May 1944166114Bush, F. E.574873-42-95873
5008 May 1944166227Fry, W. W.57432873-U42-95873flak
5310 May 1944166111Brandon, D. K.574873-42-95873
5410 May 1944166111Loesch, L. F.574873-U42-95873
5511 May 1944166111Brandon, D. K.5743873-U42-95873flak
7328 May 1944166241Spare Lead, 32873-U42-95873spare
7428 May 1944166111Kelley, G. D.57431873-U42-95873flak
7529 May 1944166144Spare, 31873-U42-95873spare
7730 May 1944166211Bush, F. E.57431873-U42-95873
7831 May 1944166211Brandon, D. K.57431873-M42-95873
7901 Jun 1944166214Stalnaker, G. W.574873-42-95873
8204 Jun 1944166124Salmon, D. J.57437873-U142-95873
8305 Jun 1944166141Spare Lead, 37873-U42-95873spare
8406 Jun 1944166121Hollis, W. N.57432873-U42-95873
8707 Jun 1944166241Spare Lead, 37873-U42-95873spare
8808 Jun 1944166211Brandon, D. K.574873-U42-95873flak
8908 Jun 1944166222Schreiber, L. A.57437873-U42-95873
9010 Jun 1944166121Hollis, W. N.574873-U42-95873
9110 Jun 1944166121Olfson, J. W.574873-U42-95873
9211 Jun 1944166224Barker, F. E.574873-H42-95873
9312 Jun 1944166111Bush, F. E.574873-42-95873
9614 Jun 1944166131O'Hare, D. D.574873-42-95873
9715 Jun 1944166221O'Hare, D. D.57437873-U42-95873flak
10020 Jun 1944166132Stanfield, L. B.57437873-U42-95873
10121 Jun 1944166121O'Hare, D. D.57437873-U42-95873
10625 Jun 1944166211Bush, F. E.574873-U42-95873
10906 Jul 1944166131Salmon, D. J.574873-U42-95873
11007 Jul 1944166241Spare Lead, 37873-U42-95873spare
11108 Jul 1944166241Spare Lead, 37873-U42-95873spare
11412 Jul 1944166221Bird, S.574873-U42-95873
11515 Jul 1944166134Bush, F. E.57437873-U42-95873
11616 Jul 1944166124Tucker, T. F.574873-U42-95873
11716 Jul 1944166131Salmon, D. J.57432873-U42-95873
11818 Jul 1944166226Watson, F. D.574873-42-95873
11919 Jul 1944166226Watson, F. D.574873-U42-95873
12225 Jul 1944166134Horridge, R. M.574873-42-95873
13406 Aug 1944166134Watson, F. D.57437873-U142-95873
13708 Aug 1944166132Newman, R. A.574873-U42-95873
13808 Aug 1944166135Cude, R. V.574873-U42-95873flak
13910 Aug 1944166124O'Hare, D. D.574873-U42-95873
14010 Aug 1944166224Watson, F. D.574873-U42-95873
14111 Aug 1944166222Watkinson, A. G.574873-42-95873
14212 Aug 1944166234Watson, F. D.574873-U42-95873flak
14816 Aug 1944166126Watson, F. D.574873-U42-95873
15125 Aug 1944166124Lakin, R. K.57437873-U42-95873
15226 Aug 1944166231Watson, F. D.57437873-U42-95873
15327 Aug 1944166215Spangler, R. B.57437873-U42-95873flak
15427 Aug 1944166237Edwards, G. A.57437873-U42-95873
15701 Sep 1944166112Boone, W. R.57437873-U42-95873
16005 Sep 1944166225Breesman, R. N.57437873-U42-95873aborted
16106 Sep 1944166236Penneman, R. D.57437873-U42-95873
16310 Sep 1944166135Kiedinger, C. E.57437873-U42-95873
16411 Sep 1944166242Spare, 37873-U42-95873spare
16512 Sep 1944166234Watson, F. D.57437873-U42-95873
16612 Sep 1944166222Watson, F. D.57437873-U42-95873
16714 Sep 1944166226Webster, W. R.57437873-U42-95873
16816 Sep 1944166123Watson, F. D.57437873-U42-95873flak
17302 Oct 1944A-73124Watson, F. D.574873-U42-95873
-17405 Oct 1944A-73212Talton, J. R.574873-U42-95873accident