C-47 42-100971   44th Troop Carrier Squadron – 316th Troop Carrier Group

 

Nose number 42   Tail letter B

 

Normandy:

 

6 June 1944  Serial 17 2/505th PIR DZ-O Chalk #3

Lt. Ross (P)   

Lt. John T. Farrell Jr. (CP)

Judge (N)

Williams (CC)

Fekete (RO)    

 

Holland:

 

17 September 1944 Serial A-7 1/505th PIR & Div. HQ DZ-N Chalk #3

Lt. John T. Farrell Jr. (P)

Lt. Marvin C. McKinney Jr. (CP)

T/Sgt. Michael J. Callandriallo (CC)

Sgt. John Breining (RO)

 

18 September 1944 Serial A-42 319th GFa Bn.  LZ-T  Chalk #24

Lt. Frederick V. Meyer (P)

Lt. Edward C. Weatherhead (CP)

T/Sgt. Michael J. Callandriallo (CC)

Sgt. John Breining (RO)

 

23 September 1944 Serial A-90 325th GIR  LZ-O  Chalk #4

Robert W. Gwynn (P)      

Lt. Frederick V. Meyer (CP)

T/Sgt. Michael J. Callandriallo (CC)

Sgt. John Breining (RO)

 

26 September 1944 Serial A-115   Keent Airstrip

Capt. Andrew J. Lord Jr.  (P)    

Lt. Wilbert H. Hacker (CP)

Lt. Donald W. Ertel (N)

T/Sgt. Michael J. Callandriallo (CC)

Cpl. Elmer G. Neuhaus (RO)

 

Varsity:

 

24 March 1945  Serial B-4 5th Para Bgd. DZ-B  Chalk #124

Maj. Dwight E. Maul (P)

Robert J. Masterson (CP)

Hansen (N)

T/Sgt. Michael J. Callandriallo (CC)

Sgt. Bryan (RO)    

 

 

The Normandy and Varsity operations were, as was the first day of the Holland operation, to drop paratroopers.

The 18 and 23 September 1944 missions to Holland were glider tow missions.

The 26 September 1944 mission to Holland was to the Keent Airstrip.

 

The above information came from Michael Ingrisano’s book “Valor without arms’.

 

Today, this plane is owned by the Dutch Dakota Association. More info on this plane after the war is here.

Airborne Troop Carrier - Surviving Troop Carrier planes

23 September 1944, Cottesmore Airfield. C-47s and gliders are lined up on the runway for the last (postponed) glider mission to Holland. With tail letter B is C-47 # 42-100791, the one now owned by the Dutch Dakota Association.