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C-47 Skytrain

C-47 42-100676 flew on D-Day in position #18, Serial 30 in Mission ELMIRA, piloted by 2nd Lt. Ernest S. Dix, co-pilot 2nd Lt. Herman Fox, crew chief Paul B. Lefever, and radio operator Paul C. Nordgren.
42-100676 was in flying position #34, Serial A-30 in Mission MARKET; eyewitness saw left engine on fire, then flames all over the ship; the plane started straight down, the wings fell off and he spun straight into the ground.



  • 437th Troop Carrier Group

    437th Troop Carrier 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...

  • 84th Troop Carrier Squadron


  • Ernest Dix

    Military | First Lieutenant | C-47 Power Pilot | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 when he was a student at Penn State. He was 5', 10 " tall; weighed 148 pounds; had brown hair and blue eyes and a 'light complexion'. ...

  • Herman Fox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Herman Fox was born on 1 August 1916 in Brooklyn, NY. He earned a civilian pilot’s license before WWII. His active duty began on 3 November 1943 and served in the 9th USAAF, 84th Troop Carrier Squadron in the 437th Troop Carrier Group. Before...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hollland 17 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 00:14:07 Hotelie1970 Changes to description

437th Troop Carrier Group Mission Order #2 on 6 July 1944 signed by Lt. Col. Lucion N. Powell of Air Corps Group S3.

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2020 00:00:30 Hotelie1970 Changes to description

Added D-Day flight per 437th Troop Carrier Group Mission Order dated 6 June 1944.

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2018 23:33:35 jaxticotribute Changes to nicknames, markings, description and unit associations

MACR 9905

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:08 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 9905 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database