27th Air Transport Group

Group
A C-47 Skytrain (serial number 43-8386) and a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-29780) nicknamed "Silver Queen" of the 95th Bomb Group. 

Image via Mark Brown, AFA. Written on slide casing: 'C47 43-8386. Heston- 38D Silver Queen.'

Object Number - FRE 7546 - A C-47 Skytrain (serial number 43-8386) of the 27th Transport Group and a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-29780) nicknamed "Silver Queen" used...

The 27th Air Transport Group and the 31st Air Transport Group were unique in the ETO and operated differently from other US Army Air Force units.
As the war progressed, it became apparent there was not a cohesive structure in place to serve the transportation, medevac and combat cargo needs across the theater. The logistics involved in supplying Patton’s drive across Europe was nothing short of miraculous. The 27th ATG started life in the 8th Air Force to handle ferry and transport services. It ultimately ended up under the 302nd Transport Wing, along with the 31st ATG, under USSTAF, serving the supply and transport needs of the European Theater of Operations (ETO) and beyond. The 31st ATG was formed under the 9th Air Force. The 27th ATG was made up of the 86th, 87th, 320th, and 321st Transport Squadrons, and the 310th, 311th, 312th, 325th and the 2920th (Provisional) Ferrying Squadrons. By late 1944 the 311th and 312th were functioning as C-47 transport squadrons. There were also two Service Squadrons, the 519th and the 520th.

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Abbots Ripton

Based

Burtonwood

Based

Cranford

Based

Heston

Based

Kenley

Based

Langford Lodge

Based

Prestwick

Based

St Mawgan

Based

Troston

Based

Warton

Encompassing

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group
  • Service Numbers: O-748509
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group 312th Ferry Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33368488
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group 31st Fighter Squadron
  • Role/Job: Engineer

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 312th Ferry Squadron 335th Fighter Squadron 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group 310th Ferry Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group 312th Ferry Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group 310th Ferry Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group 495th Fighter Training Group 311th Ferry Squadron 551st Fighter Training Squadron

Revisions

Date25 Apr 2022 15:46:37
Contributor27ATG
Sources

References
Gooney Birds & Ferry Tales, The 27th Air Transport Group in WW2 by Jon A. Maguire, Schiffer Publishing 1998
Gooney Bird Driver, by Jon A Maguire, Elm Grove Publishing, 2019
The Mighty Eighth, by Roger Freeman, Doubleday 1970

Date1 Sep 2017 13:51:53
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia.

Updates and amendments to associations from:
- www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/documents/US-units-June-44.doc
List supplied courtesy of Mr Phil Grinton from California, February 2004. From the website of the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth (www.ddaymuseum.co.uk).

Date22 Oct 2014 20:49:30
ContributorCater
Sources

By my site about the 302 transport wing.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:44
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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