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LJ161

Horsa

Airspeed Horsa glider. Assigned to 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron, 437th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force. A/C lost 6-Jun-44, last seen Blosville, France under heavy machine gun fire en route to LZ. 2 x crew, 2 x passengers [82nd Airborne] [Cargo on board 1 x Jeep, 1 57mm gun].

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron

People

  • Norman Aigner

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Norman L Aigner served as a co-pilot with the Headquarters Squadron of the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing. On D-Day, 6 June 1944, he was shot down in Horsa LJ161 over Normandy, France and killed. He is buried in Normandy American Cemetery. ...

  • Dominic Salemme

    Military | Flight Officer | Glider pilot | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Dominic Salemme served as a pilot with the 437th Troop Carrier Group. He survived the crash of Horsa LJ161 on 6-Jun-44. He was killed on 17-Sep-44 during Operation Market Garden.

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 Christchurch, Dorset, UK 1944

Built at Airspeed.

Assigned Greenham Common 1944

Assigned to 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron, 437th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force.

Crashed 50480 Blosville, France 6 June 1944

A/C lost 6-Jun-44, last seen Blosville France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 20:05:29 Al_Skiff Changes to manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 6473.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmat.asp?theAT=Horsa

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6473 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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