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C-47 Skytrain

Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Bastogne, on run in to DZ, for reasons unknown, A/C went into a power dive and crashed with the loss of the crew. 23-Dec-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11024.

Crew: Pilot 1Lt Louis M Roberts [MA], Co 2Lt Edward R Petzold [MN], Crew Chief T/Sgt Jim W McDonald [TX], Radio S/Sgt Robert L Casperson [PA].

Service

People

  • Robert Casperson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Bastogne, on run in to DZ, for reasons unknown, A/C went into a power dive and crashed. 23-Dec-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11024 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Jim McDonald

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Bastogne, on run in to DZ, for reasons unknown, A/C went into a power dive and crashed with the loss of the crew. 23-Dec-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11024. ...

  • Edward Petzold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Bastogne, on run in to DZ, for reasons unknown, A/C went into a power dive and crashed. 23-Dec-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11024 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Louis Roberts

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Bastogne, on run in to DZ, for reasons unknown, A/C went into a power dive and crashed with the loss of the crew. 23-Dec-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11024. ...

Places

  • Greenham Common

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1942 as an Operational Training Unit, it was handed over to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, and was the 51st Troop Carrier Wing's HQ in 1942. Greenham Common became a Ninth Air Force base in 1943, and was then home to a series of...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA 1944

Built at Douglas.

Delivered California, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned RAF Greenham Common, Greenham, Thatcham RG19 6HN, UK 1944

Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed 6640 Assenois, Belgium 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Bastogne, on run in to DZ, for reasons unknown, A/C went into a power dive and crashed with the loss of the crew. 23-Dec-44. 4 x KIA. MACR 11024.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2017 14:13:29 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/30640607

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11024 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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