MACR # 13755; Aircraft Model: C-47 A; S/N# 42-93798; Organization: Location-Airstrip
B-92; Command or AAF/AF-1X TCC; Group- 61st T CGp; Squadron- 14th T C Sq; Place
of Departure- Chipping Ongar, Eng; Intended Destination- Germany; Type of Mission-
Paratroop; Date: 24 March 1945; Time: 9:57; Reason Aircraft was Lost: Enemy
Anti-Aircraft; Number of Persons Aboard Aircraft: Crew-5 Passengers-0 Total-5
List of Crew:
Pilot Cargill, Thomas C. Major 0-789 680 MIA
Co-Pilot Rothrock, John B. 2nd Lt. 0-769 560 MIA
Navigator Tovey, George A. Capt. 0-800 673 MIA
Crew Chief St. John, Olen K. T/Sgt. 38 013 526 MIA
Radio Operator Straley, Earl K. S/Sgt. 13 009 904 MIA
I was flying as Deputy Leader of the right wing of Major Cargill's ships no. 42-93798,
Chalk No. 46, and after dropping our troops on the D Z, Major Cargill dropped the
nose of this ship to pick up speed, he went, I imagine, about three fouths (3/4)
of a mile, then went into about a 30 degree bank for a 180 degree turn for our return
heading. As he was rolling out a heading of about 220 degrees he was hit to the
best of my knowledge in the left engine, or left side of cockpit the plane immediately
left a trailing stream of smoke seemed to make a dive for the deck. I, sensing his
trouble, pulled up over him and to the left of him. From that time on, my Co-Pilot
saw the rest. My Co-Pilot was Lt. Theodore Walker.
James E. Drake, Capt., Air Corps
Pilot, 14th Trp Carr Sq.
Major Cargill had just dropped his troops and nosed his ship down for the turn out
of the area. When he completed his turn, his ship seemed to have been hit. Smoke
started puffing from his left engine and from the roots of his left wing. The ship
seemed to nose down even further, as if to be going down to hit the deck. At that
time smoke seemed to come from the roof of the cockpit. When the plane was at about
tree top level, a man and parachute came out. The parachute streamed out in the trees
and was torn to shreds.
The left wing tip hit a house, driving the nose and engine into the ground. The plane
skidded along the ground in flames. The tail came up and the fuselage snapped at
the trailing edge of the wing and the tail and went crashing into the line of trees
along the road.
Map of the given crash location. These maps were constructed with the testemonies
of the witnesses. They usually give a rough indication of the crash site.
Three of the crew are buried next to each other at the Margraten Cemetery in Holland.
Left to right are the graves of John Rothrock (P-3-1), Thomas Cargill (P-3-3) and
George Tovey (P-3-2).
Right: A publicity photo taken at the control tower at Barkston Heath shortly after
Cargill took over command of the 14th Troop Carrier Squadron.