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88th Troop Carrier Squadron

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Based Greenham Common

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People

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Captain | Glider Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Under tow by C-47A 42-100756, broke through overcast and tow rope released prematurely, in manoeuvring cut wing tip off on adjacent A/C's tow rope. Lost control and span in 6 miles NW Bruges. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • 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.

  • Raymond Darling

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Whilst landing in field in LZ, took small arms fire, no one emerged from glider. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6269. Awards: AM, PH.

  • William Forbell

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Whilst landing in field in LZ, took small arms fire, no one emerged from glider. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6269. Awards: AM, PH.

  • James King

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | C-47 Troop Carrier Crewman | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    While approaching Wesel, Germany during 'Operation Varsity' on March 24, 1945, Technical Sgt. King's C-47 was shot down by the German Flak and crashed in a field, killing all four crew members. Sgt. King is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. ...

  • Hobart Marple

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 438th Troop Carrier Group

  • 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.

  • Robert Pristou

    Military | Captain | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    On 19 September 1944 on a mission over Belgium Pristou was piloting C-47 Skytrain 42-100756 and towing CG-4A Glider 42-79442. Pristou was leading a flight of four aircraft over the channel, but soon after reaching the continent felt his glider cut....

  • 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. ...

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Aircraft

  • 42-24102

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Operation Varsity [Rhine crossing]. A/C was taking small arms and anti aircraft fire over DZ, paratroopers dispatched, A/C still intact. Seen to veer away from the formation and dive,...

  • 42-79442

    CG-4A Haig
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Under tow by C-47A 42-100756, broke through overcast and tow rope released prematurely, in manoeuvring cut wing tip off on adjacent A/C's tow rope. Lost control and span in 6 miles NW Bruges. 7 x Killed in Action ...

  • 42-92087

    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. ...

  • 43-40145

    CG-4A Haig
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Whilst landing in field in LZ, took small arms fire, no one emerged from glider. 3 x Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6269. ...

  • 42-100756 Honest to Betsy

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-100757

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Flew as chalk #78 on Operation Varsity [Rhine crossing]. ...

  • 42-100760

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Flew as chalk #70 on Operation Varsity [Rhine crossing].

  • 43-15174

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Written off after landing accident at Schwabisch Hall/R-41 24-Apr-45. Pilot Lt James B Hatch.

  • 42-100758

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Salvaged after Landing Accident Gelnhausen/Y-67 6-Apr-45. Pilot Lt Robert A Krogstie.

  • 42-100751 "Growin' Pains"

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Flown over to ETO by Capt Robert W Gates crew.

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Date Contributor Update
14 October 2016 23:53:30 Jmarple Changes to type, nicknames and aircraft types
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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