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41-7803

C-47 Skytrain

Assigned to 18TCS, 64TCG, 8AF USAAF. Departed Bradley AAF, CT for the ETO. Routing through Presque Isle, Goose Bay Labrador, Bluie West 1 (Narsarsuaq Greenland) [3 week delay], thence to Prestwick via Iceland. Failed to Return (FTR) flight from Prestwick to RAF Atcham. During the descent through bad weather, A/C crashed into the northern side of Moel-y-Gaer mountain. A/C broke up and caught fire. Four crew members and seven passengers Died Non Battle (DNB). A single passenger survived to be rescued.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 64th Troop Carrier Group

    64th Troop Carrier Group

    Group
    The Group trained with the Eighth Air Force flying from Ramsbury, Wiltshire. The Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force on 14 September 1942. Its first mission was dropping paratroops into French North-West Africa, at Maison Blanche, Algeria on...

  • 18th Troop Carrier Squadron

People

  • Harry Adams

    Military | Private First Class | Radio operator | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died of Wounds (DOW) 26-Aug-42. Awards: PH.

  • Jonathan Akers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Theodore Furness

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 64th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 18TCS, 64TCG, 8AF USAAF. Co-pilot aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Israel Gross

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Co-pilot aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Herman Hermes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • George Lesikar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief on P-38's | 14th Fighter Group
    George was a graduate of Southwest Texas State Teacher's College and taught school prior to enlisting in the Army Air Corps in June 1941. While enroute to England the plane he was riding in crashed into a mountain in Wales called Moel y Gaer. George...

  • Raymond Nash

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • Jesse Patterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 14th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 49FS, 14FG, 8AF USAAF. Passenger aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Patterson survived the crash but died soon afterward at Wrexham Hospital. Died of Wounds (DOW). Awards: PH.

  • Richard Pazder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 64th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 18TCS, 64TCG, 8AF USAAF. Navigator aboard C-47 41-7803 crashed at Moel y Gaer mountain 23-Aug-42. Died Non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

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Places

  • Prestwick

    Military site : airfield
    Opened as civil Prestwick Airport with a grass airfield in 1936, it was also an RAF training, fighter and Coastal Command base during 1936 to 1941. Scottish Aviation established an assembly and maintenance facility there in 1938, developed during the...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Coed Moel-Y-Gaer, Denbigh LL16, UK 23 August 1942

Failed to Return (FTR) flight Prestwick to RAF Atcham. Crashed into side of Moel-y-Gaer mountain due to weather. 7 x Died Non Battle (DNB). 1 x RTD.

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