C-47 # 42-100521
A 79th Troop Carrier Squadron plane survives
This plane survived the war and word has been spread around that it is heading for Membry, England. Back to the base from where the plane departed on the major airborne missions on D-day and Market Garden.

The plane was also invlved in the Rhine mission on 24 March 1945.

For D-day and the Rhine mission the plane was crewed by the same men. It is most likely that they also flew with this same crew on the Holland and Bastogne missions.
On D-day the plane had chalk number 38 in serial #10, took off from Membury, carrying paratroopers of the 377th PFA into Normandy
1st Lt. William K. Watson  (P)
2nd Lt. James H. Hardt  (CP)
T/Sgt. Owen W. Voss (CC)
S/Sgt. Robert S. McKnight  (RO)


On the Rhine mission the plane towed two gliders (the 436th did a double tow mission) to LZ-S near Wesel, Germany.
Capt. William K. Watson (P)                                 
1st Lt. James H. Hardt (CP)                                                                             
T/Sgt. Owen W. Voss (CC)      
S/Sgt. Robert S. McKnight (RO)                                        
                                                                                                                          
 The gliders towed were chalk numbers 101 (glider # 45-6155) and chalk number 102 (glider # 43-43304.
The first glider was piloted by 2nd Lt. Warner D. Ferguson (pilot) and 2nd Lt. Donald J. Tracy (co-pilot).
The second glider was flown by F/O David E. Haggard (pilot) and 2nd Lt. Joseph J. Rice (co-pilot).  
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