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42-79442

CG-4A Haig

Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Under tow by C-47A 42-100756, broke through overcast and tow rope released prematurely, in manoeuvring cut wing tip off on adjacent A/C's tow rope. Lost control and span in 6 miles NW Bruges. 7 x Killed in Action (KIA) 19-Sep-44. MACR 15324.

Pilot Capt Robert E Brown, Cpl James J Szur, Cpl Carroll D Simmons, Pfc James J Szur, Pfc William A Sowell Jr, Pfc Earnest H Smith, Pfc Arthur A Hutchins.

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  • Robert Brown

    Military | Captain | Glider Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 88TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Under tow by C-47A 42-100756, broke through overcast and tow rope released prematurely, in manoeuvring cut wing tip off on adjacent A/C's tow rope. Lost control and span in 6 miles NW Bruges. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Robert Pristou

    Military | Captain | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    On 19 September 1944 on a mission over Belgium Pristou was piloting C-47 Skytrain 42-100756 and towing CG-4A Glider 42-79442. Pristou was leading a flight of four aircraft over the channel, but soon after reaching the continent felt his glider cut....

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  • 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...

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Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Grove, PA, USA 1944

Built at G&A, Willow Grove, PA.

Delivered Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), 8000 Essington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Greenham, Thatcham RG19 6HN, UK 1944

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

Crashed Bruges, Belgium 19 September 1944

Under tow by C-47A 42-100756, broke through overcast and tow rope released prematurely, in manoeuvring cut wing tip off on adjacent A/C's tow rope. Lost control and span in 6 miles NW Bruges. 7 x KIA 19-Sep-44. MACR 15324.

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Date Contributor Update
08 June 2017 12:04:57 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29427564
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmgrp.asp?GRP=438TCG&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2017 22:17:15 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29427564
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmgrp.asp?GRP=438TCG&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2017 21:02:30 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29427564
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmgrp.asp?GRP=438TCG&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 15324 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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