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42-92679

C-47 Skytrain

Took part in Operation Eagle on 12 May 1944. After successfully completing the practice jump, the aircraft collided with C-47 42-108877 on the return journey. Crews reported a large explosion and a bright flash. All members of the crew were killed in the accident

Major James R Farris (Pilot)
Second Lieutenant Kickson H Spencer (Co-Pilot)
First Lieutenant Glenn R Still (Navigator)
Technical Sergeant John M Elliott (Crew Cheif)
Staff Sergeant Thadeus T Tomcheck (Radio Operator)
Lieutenant Colonel Burton R Fleet (Commanding Officer) riding as observer
Captain Floyd N Richert (Group Chaplain) riding as passenger

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  • 42-108877

    C-47 Skytrain
    Took part in Operation Eagle on 12 May 1944. After successfully completing the practice jump, the aircraft collided with C-47 42-92679 on the return journey. Crews reported a large explosion and a bright flash. All members of the crew were killed in...

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  • Cottesmore

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF between 1935-38, and in use by the RAF from 1938-1943, the airfield was enlarged with concrete runways in 1943. Used by both the Eighth Air Force (it was 8 ASC HQ) and Ninth Air Force 1943, it was Troop Carrier Command HQ (later 9th...

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Event Location Date
Mid Air Collision 12 May 1944

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Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 09:55:46 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Michael N. Ingrisano, Valour Without Arms p 90

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