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42-24102

C-47 Skytrain

Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Operation Varsity [Rhine crossing]. A/C was taking small arms and anti aircraft fire over DZ, paratroopers dispatched, A/C still intact. Seen to veer away from the formation and dive, levelling off 50ft off the ground when last observed. Crashed 2.5 miles NW of Wesel. 24-Mar-45. 4 x Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13389.

Crew: Pilot 1Lt Donald P Sundby, Co-pilot 2Lt Paul I Fort, C/C T/Sgt James E King, Radio S/Sgt George F Paul.

Service

People

  • Donald Sundby

    Military | First Lieutenant | C-47 Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    While approaching Wesel, Germany during 'Operation Varsity' on March 24, 1945, Lt. Sundby's C-47 was shot down by German flak and crashed in a field, killing all four crew members. Lt. Sundby was from Minneapolis, MN, and is buried at the Fort...

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 1944

Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Wesel, Germany 24 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Operation Varsity. A/C was taking small arms and anti aircraft fire over DZ, paratroopers dispatched, A/C still intact. Seen to veer away from the formation and dive, levelling off 50ft off the ground when last observed. Crashed 2.5 miles NW of Wesel. 24-Mar-45. 4 x Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13389.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2017 20:07:57 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450324-7
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmgrp.asp?GRP=438TCG&Submit4=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29433226

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 13389 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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