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62nd Troop Carrier Group

Group

The Group was only in England to carry out further training exercises before joining the Twelfth Air Force in the Mediterranean theater. Over the course of the war, the Group flew in paratroops, military and medical supplies and propaganda leaflets. The Troop Carrier Group also evacuated wounded personnel from Italy.

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 62nd Transport Group on 20 November 1940. Activated on 11 Dec 1940. Transported military freight and supplies in North and South America and trained with C-47 and C-53 aircraft. Redesignated 62nd Troop Carrier Group in Jul 1942. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and engaged in further training. Assigned to Twelfth AF and moved to North Africa to take part in the battle for Tunisia. Trained with gliders for several months, then towed gliders to Syracuse and also dropped paratroops behind enemy lines at Catania during the Allied invasion of Sicily in Jul 1943. Operated from bases in Sicily and Italy from Sep 1943 until after the war. Dropped paratroops in northern Italy in July 1944 to harass the retreating enemy and to prevent the Germans from destroying bridges over which their forces had withdrawn. Flew two missions in connection with the invasion of Southern France in Aug 1944, releasing gliders and paratroops in the battle area. Transported paratroops and towed gliders to Greece during the Allied assault in Oct 1944. In addition to the airborne operations, the group transported men and supplies in the Mediterranean theatre and to the front lines during the campaigns for Tunisia, Italy, and southern France. Also evacuated wounded personnel and flew missions behind enemy lines in Italy and the Balkans to haul guns, ammunition, food, clothing, medical supplies, and other materials to the partisans and to drop propaganda leaflets. Aided in the redeployment of personnel after the war and also hauled freight and mail. Inactivated in Italy on 14 Nov 1945.

Structure

Part of
  • VIII Ground Air Support Command

    VIII Ground Air Support Command

    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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Stations

Station Location Date
Transited through Barkston Heath 4 September 1942 – 8 November 1942
Based Keevil 7 September 1943 – 25 November 1942

Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 13:19:00 Emily Changes to us air force combat units of world war ii description
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Air Force Combat Units of WWII

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14 April 2015 08:04:27 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to media associations
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04 November 2014 17:08:10 papaindigo Changes to type, air forces, aircraft types and stations
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Missions Accomplished 62nd TCG - 2006 - edited by James B. Wham

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27 September 2014 18:42:46 AAM AAM ingest
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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).

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