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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 the accident.

First Lieutenant Joseph Sharber Jr (Pilot)
Flight Officer Hubert M Bayless (Co-Pilot)
First Lieutenant Harry Gallack (Navigator)
Staff Sergeant Floyd V Asleson (Crew Chief)
Staff Sergeant Harlan C Sandlin (Radio Operator)

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Aircraft

  • 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...

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Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Mid Air Collision Near Cottesmore 12 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 10:04:32 Emily Changes to description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Michael N. Ingrisano, Valour Without Arms, P 90

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 15182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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