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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 11 November 1942. Across the course of the war, the Group deployed paratroops during the Allied invasion of Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and southern France. From June 1944, the majority of 64th TC Group transferred to the CBI (China Burma India theater) and its squadrons operated out of several different bases in India. Their work there supported the Allied armies in Burma.

US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 64th Transport Group on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 4 Dec 1940. Used C-47’s for training and flying transport missions in the US. Redesignated 64th Troop Carrier Group in Jul 1942. Moved to England in Aug 1942 and received additional training. Assigned to Twelfth AF. Moved to the Mediterranean theater, Nov-Dec 1942. Flew first mission on 11 Nov, landing paratroops at Maison Blanche. Dropped paratroops to capture airfields during the battle for Tunisia. Released paratroops near Gela and Catania when the Allies invaded Sicily in Jul 1943. Dropped paratroops near Avellino during the invasion of Italy in Sep 1943 to destroy a bridge on the enemy’s supply line to Salerno. Participated in the assault on southern France in Aug 1944 by releasing gliders and paratroops in the battle zone. Supported the partisans in northern Italy early in 1945 by dropping paratroops, supplies, and propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines. When not engaged in airborne operations, the group continually transported men and supplies to the front lines and evacuated wounded personnel. Most of the group was on detached service in the CBI theater, Apr- Jun 1944, while a skeleton force remained in Sicily. With its squadrons operating from separate bases in India, the 64th group aided the Allied offensive in Burma, being awarded a DUC for flying unarmed over rugged enemy territory to carry food, clothing, medical supplies, guns, ammunition, and mules to the combat zone and to evacuate wounded personnel. Moved to Trinidad in Jun 1945. Assigned to Air Transport Command. Inactivated on 31 Jul 1945.

Structure

Part of
  • VIII Ground Air Support Command

    VIII Ground Air Support Command

    Command
    Constituted as VIII Ground Air Support Command on 24 April 1942, activated 28 April 1942 at Bolling Field, DC under the command of Brig Gen Robert C. Candee. Assigned to the Eighth US Army Air Force. Moved to England, without tactical components, in...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Ramsbury 18 August 1942 – 11 December 1942

Connections

People

  • 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.

  • Myron Kingry

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 64TCG, 12AF USAAF in North Africa and then Sicily. Transferred to 90TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Flew as co-pilot on lead plane on D-Day drop. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Medically retired from Strategic Air Command USAF in 1957.

  • 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.

  • Morris Penner

    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.

  • Hulbert Robertson

    Military | Navigator | 64th Troop Carrier Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 4 June 1943 crashed in B26 41-34765 in England landing in bad weather.

  • Charles Williams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 64th Troop Carrier Group
    1st Lieutenant Charles E Williams was born October 30, 1919. His next of kin were his parents, David and Gertrude Williams. He was from Clinton, Minnesota. ...

Aircraft

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2019 13:23:40 Emily Changes to motto, insignia and us air force combat units of world war ii description
Sources

Air Force Combat Units of WWII

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / 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).

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