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LJ135

Horsa

Airspeed Horsa glider LJ135, assigned to 437th TSC, 8AF USAAF. Pilot F/O Richard G Mercer and Co-Pilot 1st Lt George Parker from the 86th Troop Carrier Squadron at the controls, crashed horrifically at Holdy near Ste Marie du Mont killing 14 of the 25 passengers, injuring the remainder 7-Jun-44. Reasons for the crash were probably a combination of the low altitude of release and the trees surrounding the selected field.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 437th Troop Carrier Group

    437th Troop Carrier Group

    Group
    Constituted as the 437th Troop Carrier Group on 15 April 1943, it was activated on 01 May 1943 in Dunnellon, FL. They trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft for duty overseas with the Ninth Air Force. They moved to England during January and February of...

Places

  • Ramsbury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Holdy, 50480 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France 7 June 1944

Crashed horrifically at Holdy near Ste Marie du Mont killing 14 of the 25 passengers, injuring the remainder 7-Jun-44.

Manufactured Christchurch, Dorset, UK

Built at Airspeed.

Assigned Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8, UK

Assigned to 437th TSC, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2016 16:02:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com/?q=search
https://www.facebook.com/IXtroopcarriercommand/
The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion By Martin K. A. Morgan

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