Airspeed Horsa glider LJ132, assigned to 90th TCS, 438th TCG, 9AF USAAF. Crashed 1/2mile W of Newbury/Sta 486. Structural failure, port elevator tore loose from the horizontal stabilizer, pilot 2Lt A C Buckner and copilot 2Lt H R Croke Died non Battle (DNB) 12-Dec-44. 31 x passengers of the 17th airborne division also killed in crash.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Glider pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
Assigned to 90th TCS, 438th TCG, 9AF USAAF. Crashed structural failure 1/2 mile W of Newbury/Sta 486, Died non Battle (DNB), 12-Dec-44. Awards: AM (OLC), EAME (2 x bronze stars), PH.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
Assigned to 90th TCS, 438th TCG, 9AF USAAF. Crashed structural failure 1/2 mile W of Newbury/Sta 486, Died non Battle (DNB), 12-Dec-44. Awards: AM (OLC), PH.
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...
|Manufactured||Christchurch, Dorset, UK||1944|
Built at Airspeed.
|Assigned||Greenham Rd, Newbury, West Berkshire RG14 7HX, UK||1944|
Assigned to 90th TCS 438th TCG 9AF USAAF.
|Crashed||Newbury, West Berkshire, UK||12 December 1944|
Crashed structural failure 1/2mile W of Newbury/Sta 486 Cat 4 damage, pilot Lt Alfred C Buckner KIA, 12-Dec-44.
90TCS 438TCG 9AF
|11 June 2017 15:40:24||Al_Skiff||Changes to description and events|
|03 February 2016 14:36:49||Al_Skiff||Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations|