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315th Troop Carrier Group

Group

The chief purpose of the 315th Troop Carrier Group when assigned to the Eighth Air Force was to transport troops around the UK in the early part of 1943. Before long though, the Group was used by the Twelfth Air Force and flew from Bilda, Algeria, from May 1943 until October of that year when they joined the Ninth Air Force. The Group dropped paratroops into occupied territory during both the invasion of Normandy and of Holland and released British paratroopers near Wesel during the airborne assault across the Rhine in March 1945.

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Aldermaston 1 December 1942 – 6 November 1943
Based Welford 6 November 1943 – 7 February 1944
Based Spanhoe 7 February 1944 – 6 April 1945
Based Amiens 6 April 1945 – 8 May 1945

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People

  • William Brinson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 315th Troop Carrier Group
    Unit was with the 8th AF from November/December 1942 until October 1943 when group was transferred to 9th AF. Five of the above months the majority of the Air Echelon was on detached service to the Mediteranean Theater of Operations. While the 315th...

  • Robert Drew

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 315th Troop Carrier Group
    RTD. 17 Sept 1943 training mission in C47#4223479 crashed in joint excercise with the RAF Cambridge American Cemetery D-

  • David Francis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 315th Troop Carrier Group
    C-47 crashed just after dusk in bad weather near Halton RAF station, Buckinghamshire, on a return flight from Brussels. Also killed were: 2nd Lt. Charles V. Smith (Pilot); 2nd Lt. Robert W. Masling (Copilot); and TSergeant Winfield Scott (Flight...

  • Ralph Fuller

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 20th Fighter Group

  • Joseph Gubana

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, DFC 1 Ju88, Me109, 2 unidentified

  • Daniel Kass

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 315th Troop Carrier Group

  • Oren Kelley

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 315th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed 17 Sept 1943 training mission in C47 42-23479 crashed in joint excercise with the RAF

  • Oren Kelly

    Military | Sergeant | 315th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Robert Masling

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 315th Troop Carrier Group
    C-47 crashed just after dusk in bad weather near Halton RAF station, Buckinghamshire, on a return flight from Brussels. Also killed were: 2nd Lt. Charles V. Smith (Pilot); SSergeant David Francis; and TSergeant Winfield Scott (Flight Engineer).

  • Bruce McKern

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 315th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed in action on 22 Febrary 1945 in C-47A 42-92742

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Date Contributor Update
10 February 2017 10:59:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to stations
Sources

Stations added with details from:
- "Battle Colors Volume III - Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War Two' by Robert A. Watkins;

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983). / 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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