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43-30652

C-47 Skytrain

30652 (MSN 13803) to USAAF 23Sep43. Operated with 37th TCS, 316th TCG. Operated with 12th AF in Mediterranean before joining the 9th AF in UK. 37th Troop Carrier Squadron [W7*D], 316th Troop Carrier Group, Ninth Air Force, Cottesmore (Station 489). Transported paratroopers of the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion to a drop zone near Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy, France on Mission ‘Boston’ 6Jun44. Returned to USA Jul 22, 1945. To RFC Oct 22, 1945. To Penn Central Airlines as NC65135, Summit Airways 19476. Challenger Airlines Jan 1947. then to Frontier Airlines "Sunliner Montana" in Dec 1949 as N65135. Miami Aviation Corp Mar 9, 1965.
Apr 27, 1965 it went to Canada as CF-RTB with Eastern Provincial Airways. A few more changes of hands and in Aug 1987 it was registered as C-FRTB with Skycraft Air Transport. Aircraft now registered to the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group

Service

Units

People

  • Wilbur Evans

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 316th Troop Carrier Group

  • Leonard Fletcher

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 316th Troop Carrier Group

  • Warren Rayburn

    Military | Captain | Co-pilot | 316th Troop Carrier Group

  • Maurice Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 316th Troop Carrier Group

  • Frank Waters

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 316th Troop Carrier Group

Missions

  • IX Troop Carrier Command Field Order 1

    6 June 1944
    IX Troop Carrier Command Field Order No 1 was originally issued on 31 May 1944, before being amended on 4 June 1944. It determined the role that 9th Air Force Troop Carrier Command would play in the assault phase of Operation Neptune- the Normandy...

Places

  • Cottesmore

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF between 1935-38, and in use by the RAF from 1938-1943, the airfield was enlarged with concrete runways in 1943. Used by both the Eighth Air Force (it was 8 ASC HQ) and Ninth Air Force 1943, it was Troop Carrier Command HQ (later 9th...

Events

Event Location Date
D-Day Sainte Mere-Eglise, France 6 June 1944

Transported paratroopers of the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute
Infantry Regiment and the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion to a drop zone near Sainte-Mère-Église,
Normandy, France on Mission ‘Boston’ 6Jun44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2020 23:48:19 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1943_2.html

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2019 14:56:06 general ira snapsorter Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

"Valor Without Arms" , A History of the 316th Troop Carrier Group, 1942-1945, by Michael N. Ingrisano Jr.

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