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42-93038

C-47 Skytrain

On 27 July 1944, C-47 (serial number 42-93038) was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff, killing all 22 people on board.

The loss of a Douglas C-47A aircraft in a tragic accident which occurred at Cairngarroch Bay, Portpatrick, Stranraer, Wigtownshire on 27th July 1944, killing all 22 people on board. The plane was carrying back wounded servicemen from Normandy.

A plaque was dedicated to victims of the accident at the crash site on 27th July 1999.

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People

  • Jay Alcorn

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 441st Troop Carrier Group
    Killed on 27 July 1944, on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff,...

  • James Ayers

    Military | Private | Infantry
    James E.W. Ayers was a patient on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff...

  • Ernest Corvin

    Military | Sergeant | Infantry
    Ernest H. Corvin was a patient on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff...

  • Edmund Davis

    Military | Private | Infantry
    Edmund L. Davis was a patient on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff,...

  • S Gilmour

    Military | Passenger (RAF)
    Killed on 27 July 1944, on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff,...

  • James Green

    Military | Private First Class | Infantry
    James D. Green was a patient on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff,...

  • Donald Hammerstrom

    Military | Private First Class | Infantry
    Donald R. Hammerstrom was a patient on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a...

  • Galen Hendricks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 441st Troop Carrier Group
    Killed on 27 July 1944, on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff,...

  • Raymond Hutchings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 441st Troop Carrier Group
    Killed on 27 July 1944, on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff,...

  • John Ingram

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Infantry
    John W. Ingram was a patient on board C-47 (serial number 42-93038) which was transporting wounded infantrymen back to the US from France on a flight from Filton to Prestwick. The pilot was forced to fly low, because of cloud cover and struck a cliff,...

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Places

  • Filton

    Military site : airfield
    Prior to D-Day aircraft imported from the USA (through Avonmouth docks) were assembled at Fliton Aerodrome. It was also one of the main D-Day causality stations, from where the wounded were evacuated to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. 9th Service Command...

  • 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...

  • Cairngarroch Bay

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Cairngarroch Bay 27 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2019 09:32:36 Emily Changes to serial number, production block number, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 15532 via Fold 3

Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces, Bishop & Hey, p 482

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2019 09:19:47 U.S. Embassy-London Changes to nicknames
Sources

This entry was collected by the United States Embassy as part of a campaign to remember the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy (D-Day). Personal stories from veterans and members of the British public were collected to celebrate the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.
Sandy Rankin submitted this entry.

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2019 09:10:54 U.S. Embassy-London Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer and description
Sources

This entry was collected by the United States Embassy as part of a campaign to remember the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy (D-Day). Personal stories from veterans and members of the British public were collected to celebrate the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.

Sandy Rankin submitted this entry.

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