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42-68698

C-53 Skytrooper

C-53 Skytrooper (serial number 42-68698) took part in the airborne assault on D-Day, dropping troops from the 82nd Airborne Division at about 2:20 AM on 6 June 1944, the aircraft was piloted by 1st Lieutenant Samuel M Willis Jr.

Service

People

  • Oscar Prasse

    Military | Private | Paratrooper
    Oscar Frederick Prasse Jr, born 1 October 1924 in Richmond, Virginia, enlisted in the Army on 20 October 1942 in Dallas, Texas. ...

  • Samuel Willis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 313th Troop Carrier Group
    Samuel Willis took part in the airborne assault on D-Day, dropping troops from the 82nd Airborne Division at about 2:20 AM on 6 June 1944, his aircraft was C-53 Skytrooper (serial number 42-68698).

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

  • Folkingham

    Military site : airfield
    Folkingham was built as a decoy airfield - kniown as a 'KQ' site in 1940-1941. Built up as a bomber Station for the RAF in 1943, it was handed to the Ninth Air Force in 1944, where it was used by the 313th Troop Carrier Group. It was also used as a...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2019 14:19:02 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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