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51st Troop Carrier Wing


US Air Force Combat Units of World War II Description

Constituted as 51st Transport Wing on 30 May 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Redesignated 51st Troop Carrier Wing in Jul 1942. Arrived in England in Sep 1942 and trained for the invasion of North Africa. Operated with Twelfth AF in North Africa and the Mediterranean area from Nov 1942 to May 1945. Moved to Germany in Sep 1945. Assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe. Inactivated in Germany on 5 Jan 1948.


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  • 60th Troop Carrier Group

    60th Troop Carrier Group

    Although with the Twelfth Air Force, the Group flew its C-47 Skytrains from St. Eval and Predannack airfields in Cornwall, England for its first mission: dropping paratroops into Oran, Algeria, in the early hours of Operation Torch, which began on 8...

  • 62nd Troop Carrier Group

    62nd Troop Carrier Group

    The Group was only in England to carry out further training exercises before joining the Twelfth Air Force in the Mediterranean theater. Over the course of the war, the Group flew in paratroops, military and medical supplies and propaganda leaflets....

  • 64th Troop Carrier Group

    64th Troop Carrier Group

    The Group trained with the Eighth Air Force flying from Ramsbury, Wiltshire. The Group was reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force on 14 September 1942. Its first mission was dropping paratroops into French North-West Africa, at Maison Blanche, Algeria on...

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Station Location Date
Based Greenham Common September 1942 – November 1942



  • Orlando Asper

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Orlando “Ole” Cartford Asper was born in Kikungshan, Henan Province, China on 13 June 1917, to Lutheran Missionary parents. Returning to the United States, he attended Pacific Lutheran College, in Parkland, Washington. ...

  • Raymond Decoteau

    Military | Private First Class | Mechanic | 447th Bomb Group
    Attended Air Force school at Dearborn, MI in 1943. Served in the Air Force Service Command under the 8th. Met and married wife in England. EAME Theater Campaign Ribbon, Victory Medal




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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia