C-53 # 42-68710    62nd Troop Carrier Squadron

 

A newspaper article on May 31, 2011 did attrect the attention of those intrested in Troop Carrier and Airborne history. The article was published in the Tolado Blade.

 

A link to the article: http://beta.toledoblade.com/local/2011/05/31/Volunteers-set-sights-on-neglected-troop-carrier-2.html

 

The history of the airplane is not yet fully revealed. But it is known that it flew the D-day operation, carrying troopers of the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

The plane did so as part of the 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 314th Troop Carrier Group.

It carried chalk number 17 on that flight.

 

The crew was:

1st Lt. James R. Hamilton (pilot)

2nd Lt. Ernest R. Scott (co-pilot)
Sgt. Aaron M. Womack Jr. (radio operator)
Sgt. Henry H. Gardner (crew chief)

 

It is not known if the plane flew more missions to normandy nor if it flew during other airborne operations. It did not fly the Holland operation (Market Garden) with the 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron. So it seems that the plane shifted to another outfit.

Hope to find some more information.
 

 

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