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C-47 Skytrain

Belonged to the 89th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 438th Troop Carriers Group that was at the start of the D-Day invasion, dropping the 101st Airborne at Drop Zone A near St. Mere-Eglise. Later took part in the Southern France invasion and Operation Market-Garden.
Failed to Return (FTR) glider tow mission to Eindhoven, Holland. Hit by flak in port engine and wing, left formation released glider from tow and went into dive from which it did not recover. Crashed Retie, Belgium. 4 x KIA (KIA). 19-Sep-44. MACR 9902.

Crew: Pilot 2Lt Carl A Cary, co-pilot 2Lt James A Lawhorn, Eng/CC T/Sgt Richard K Rockwell, Radio T/Sgt John D Hines.

Service

People

  • Carl Cary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) glider tow mission to Eindhoven, Holland. Hit by flak in port engine and wing, left formation released glider from tow and went into dive from which it did not recover. Crashed Retie, Belgium...

  • Bernard Gold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Crew Chief, Co-Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    My Dad was not unlike many kids who grew up in the 1930's during and after the depression. At the time, Rockland County, NY, was populated with many of the immigrant families that came from Europe after WWI -- the schools were small by today's scale...

  • John Hines

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) glider tow mission to Eindhoven, Holland. Hit by flak in port engine and wing, left formation released glider from tow and went into dive from which it did not recover. Crashed Retie, Belgium...

  • James Lawhorn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) glider tow mission to Eindhoven, Holland. Hit by flak in port engine and wing, left formation released glider from tow and went into dive from which it did not recover. Crashed Retie, Belgium...

  • Richard Rockwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief / Engineer | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) glider tow mission to Eindhoven, Holland. Hit by flak in port engine and wing, left formation released glider from tow and went into dive from which it did not recover. Crashed Retie, Belgium...

Places

  • Greenham Common

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1942 as an Operational Training Unit, it was handed over to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, and was the 51st Troop Carrier Wing's HQ in 1942. Greenham Common became a Ninth Air Force base in 1943, and was then home to a series of...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Edwards AFB, CA, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Greenham, Thatcham RG19 6HN, UK 1943

Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Retie, Belgium 19 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) glider tow mission to Eindhoven, Holland. Hit by flak in port engine and wing, left formation released glider from tow and went into dive from which it did not recover. Crashed Retie, Belgium. 4 x KIA (KIA). 19-Sep-44. MACR 9902.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2017 11:39:14 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmgrp.asp?GRP=438TCG&Submit4=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/139192438
https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19440919-19
Into Fields of Fire: The Story of the 438th Troop Carrier Group During World II By W. L. George Collins

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 00:25:23 BobCary Changes to nicknames, markings and description
Sources

Robert A Cary, nephew of Lt. Carl Allen Cary, the pilot.

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

MACR 9902 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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