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John W Birchman


John Birchman, a C-47 aircraft crew chief (42-32865), received his training and in April 1943 deployed to North Africa as part of the Operation Torch Landings and was assigned to Ouja Airfield, French Morocco. He spent the next two years and three months overseas flying on the 'Lady Katy' transporting supplies to ground forces advancing though Algeria into Tunisa. He performed assault missions over Sicily and Italy as part of D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and Operation Varsity.
He flew 3 of 4 in Husky/Giant. The plane was damaged on D-day and did not fly the day after. Birch also got a C-46 and fly Varsity.


Units served with


  • 42-32865 Lady Katy

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 47th TCS. Take part in all major missions from Husky 1 until Neptune.

Associated Place

  • 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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27 July 2020 22:14:52 djbirchman Changes to biography and awards

He is my father.

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26 July 2020 03:48:32 djbirchman Changes to highest rank

My father

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10 July 2020 13:01:49 Lars K Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

47th TCS Diary