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Mercer Wilson Avent

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Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. On mission to Denain / Pouvry, France went into an inverted dive and crashed into the ground at Jacobs Well, Guildford. It seemed the 5,000lb of cargo had shifted, disrupting the aircraft's Centre of Gravity. 25-Oct-44. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: AM(2OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Dale Dellinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. On mission to Denain / Pouvry, France went into an inverted dive and crashed into the ground at Jacobs Well, Guildford. It seemed the 5,000lb of cargo had shifted, disrupting the aircraft's Centre of Gravity. 25...

  • John Hillmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief / Engineer | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. On mission to Denain / Pouvry, France went into an inverted dive and crashed into the ground at Jacobs Well, Guildford. It seemed the 5,000lb of cargo had shifted, disrupting the aircraft's Centre of Gravity. 25...

  • John Wright

    Military | Flight Officer | Waco Glider Co-pilot / Acting C-47 Co-pilot | 434th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Temporarily attached to 434TCG. Flew as glider co-pilot on Op's Overlord [Normandy], Dragoon [South France] and Market Garden [Eindhoven]. Returned to 89TCS as an acting Co-pilot on C-47's. On mission to Denain /...

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Aircraft

  • 42-100766 'Lilly Bell II'

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Participated in the invasion of South France[Op Dragoon] initially dropping paratroopers and then towing reinforcements in gliders. ...

Associated Place

  • 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
Born Nash County, NC, USA 17 October 1916
Lived in Rocky Mount, NC, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Bragg, NC, USA 22 July 1941
Completed pilot training May 1943

Completed his pilot training, awarded wings/commissioned.

Departed US 4331 Winters Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809, USA 28 January 1944 – 15 March 1944

Departed Baer Field, IN, USA for ETO 28-Jan-44, arriving Greenham Common 15-March-44.

Based Greenham Common 15 March 1944 – 25 October 1944

Assigned to 89TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Jacobs Well, Guildford, UK 25 October 1944

On mission to Denain / Pouvry, France went into an inverted dive and crashed into the ground at Jacobs Well, Guildford. It seemed the 5,000lb of cargo had shifted, disrupting the aircraft's Centre of Gravity. 25-Oct-44. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 26 October 1944

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Rocky Mount, NC, USA 1946

Memorialised
Pineview Cemetery
Rocky Mount
Edgecombe County
North Carolina, USA

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