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86th Troop Carrier Squadron

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  • 437th Troop Carrier Group

    437th Troop Carrier Group

    Group
    Constituted as the 437th Troop Carrier Group on 15 April 1943, it was activated on 01 May 1943 in Dunnellon, FL. They trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft for duty overseas with the Ninth Air Force. They moved to England during January and February of...

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Stations

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Based Ramsbury

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People

  • Manuel Acosta

    Military | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Manuel Acosta was a Mexican-American painter and illustrator. He entered the service on 20 November 1942 from El Paso, Texas. He had four years of high school, was single, without dependents and his civilian occupation was listed as: “Decorators and...

  • Richard Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Glider Mechanic - MOS 559 | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Mr. Adams worked as a machinist in heavy equipment at Whiteman Air Force Base for 42 years and also was a farmer, living at the Adams farm at Bristle Ridge in Johnson County, MO.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 131 of Warrensburg. He...

  • Harold Aiken

    Military | Sergeant | Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): 559 - Glider Mechanic | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, and he was listed as an employee of the Alamo Iron Works, San Antonio, Texas. He was 6' 1" tall; weighed 158 pounds; had black hair, hazel eyes and a 'light' complexion; he had a scar on his nose. He...

  • John Amrhein

    Military | Private First Class | Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): 929 - Automotive Equipment Operator | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, and he was listed as an employee of the Barnwell Hoellrich Company, Mineola, New York. He was 5' 8" tall; weighed 155 pounds; had brown hair, hazel eyes and a 'light' complexion. ...

  • George Anthony

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Power Pilot | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He enlisted at Sacramento, California, as a private in the Air Corps, Serial # 19 149 983, on 12 October 1942. He had one year of college, and his civilian occupation was listed as "Skilled construction occupations, n.e.c.". According to his separation...

  • Eldred Arth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Glider Pilot (MOS 1026) | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Al entered the service on 14 May 1942; he was released from active duty on 17 January 1946. Al flew as co-pilot of a Horsa Glider, LG 889, Chalk #8, on Mission Galveston on 7 June 1944. In July 1945, he returned to the US aboard the SS Thomas Hart...

  • Roy Auguano

    Military | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He entered the service on 26 July1942 from Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He ...

  • Bob Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): 559 - Glider Mechanic | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, and he was listed as unemployed. He was 5' 11" tall; weighed 195 pounds; had brown hair, gray eyes and a 'light' complexion. ...

  • Raymond Baker

    Military | Flight Officer | MOS 1026 - Glider Pilot | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Raymond entered the service on 17 October 1940 from Baltimore, Maryland. He enlisted as a Private in the Air Corps, Service # 13 001 581. He had four years of high school, was single, without dependents and his civilian occupation was listed as: ...

  • James Beach

    Military | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He entered the service as a private in the Air Corps on 21 August 1942 from Erie, Pennsylvania. He had four years of high school education, was single, without dependents and his civilian occupation was listed as: "Semiskilled welders and flame cutters...

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Aircraft

  • LJ216

    Horsa
    Airspeed Horsa glider LJ216 assigned to 86th TCS, 437th TCG, 9AF USAAF, crashed 6-Jun-44 pilot F/O Willis R Huckleberry KIA.

  • LG998

    Horsa
    Airspeed AS51 Horsa glider, assigned to 86th TCS, 437th TCG, 9AF USAAF. Crashed Normandy 7-Jun-44, F/O Edward C Fambrough KIA.

  • 42-100807

    C-47 Skytrain
    Formation position #30 on Mission DETROIT; Formation position #24 on Mission ELMIRA SOC from 700th Support Wing Mar 1956, presumably for delivery to a foreign country under MAP. To Spanish AF as T.3-5; ultimate fate unknown.

  • 43-15311

    C-47 Skytrain
    converted to HC-47A (C-47A equipped for Search Air Rescue) in 1962; ultimate fate unknown

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2020 13:58:07 jaxticotribute Changes to type, insignia and aircraft types
Sources

437th TCG Reunion books

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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