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60th Troop Carrier Group


Although with the Twelfth Air Force, the Group flew its C-47 Skytrains from St. Eval and Predannack airfields in Cornwall, England for its first mission: dropping paratroops into Oran, Algeria, in the early hours of Operation Torch, which began on 8 November 1942. The Group dropped paratroops into behind the lines during the Allied ground invasions of Tunisia, Sicily and Greece. The Group also dropped military supplies to partisan forces in the Balkans.


Part of
  • VIII Ground Air Support Command

    VIII Ground Air Support Command

    Constituted as VIII Ground Air Support Command on 24 April 1942, activated 28 April 1942 at Bolling Field, DC under the command of Brig Gen Robert C. Candee. Assigned to the Eighth US Army Air Force. Moved to England, without tactical components, in...

  • 51st Troop Carrier Wing
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Station Location Date
Based Chelveston 12 June 1942 – 7 August 1942
Based Aldermaston 7 August 1942 – October 1942



  • Donald Adsmson

    Military | pilot | 60th Troop Carrier Group

  • Joseph Beck

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 12TCS, 60TCG, 8AF [later 12AF] USAAF. Transferred to 94TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. ...

  • Richard Howes

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 60th Troop Carrier Group
    Was with 8th at Chelveston while 60th Transport Group was trained to move troops and equipment around Europe. Was with 8th from Jun '42 to No '42 when moved to the 12th AF at Algeria. ...

  • Pat Meeks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 60th Troop Carrier Group
    Reported died of asphyxia with no details by Losses. Was assigned to Troop Carrier group

  • John Orbon

    Military | Private | 60th Troop Carrier Group
    Orbon was dishonorably discharged from the USAAF in December 1942 for behaving with disrespect towards, drawing a loaded weapon against, and threatening to kill his superior officer Edward W Barbee on 16 October 1942. ...

  • Thomas Telzrow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 60th Troop Carrier Group
    transferred to 12th AF in Oct of '42. Flew the longest unescorted paratroop operation in USAF history. Landing elements of the 2 BT 503 Para Inf on 7 Nov '42 at Oran, Tunisia. Dropped Brit paras near Catania, Sicily. Served in No Africa and Sicily ...

  • John Walch

    Military | Major | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    KIA 19 March 1945. OSS KIA OSS mission(during CHISEL insertion mission) to Munster, Germany. A26 crashed in moor near Bramshe, Germany, just north of destination. to Munster, Germany. DFC, BSM




Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:46 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983).