U.S. Airborne in Cotentin Peninsula



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


IX Troop Carrier Command

The mission of the IX Troop Carrier Command is to drop in the Cotentin Peninsula the paratroopers of the two U.S. Airborne Divisions, the 82nd and 101st. The aircraft used for this task are the C-47 and the gliders Waco CG4-A and Horsa.

The various Troop Carrier Groups are distributed on the different airfields of England from which they take off according to a very precise timetable.
From their starting points to the English coast, aerial corridors are marked out in order to guide the planes until the gathering point 'ELKO' preceding the crossing of the Channel. Then, the planes head south-west and leave the English coast at the Portland Bill headland. From this moment their flight level will have to be 500 feet.
Douglas C-47Four minutes after having passed 'FLATBUSH' and the English coast, the navigation lights and the lights inside the planes are turned off, only formation lights and amber recognition lights remain. Heading is maintained for 57 miles to a point code named 'HOBOKEN' which is a ship in the North-west of Guernsey.
Over 'HOBOKEN' the planes change their course and move now towards south-east, towards the coast of the Cotentin peninsula. Amber lights are turned off and formation lights are turned to the lowest practicable intensity, the last part of the crossing begin.
The French coast is crossed over the point code named 'MULESHOE' for the 101st Airborne and over the point code named 'PEORIA' for the 82nd Airborne.

The crossing of the Cotentin peninsula will take less than 15 minutes. In a few moments, paratroopers will be dropped over their respective drop-zone, over Normandy.

 50th Troop Carrier Wing

Unit
Commanding officer
Airplane
Code
Station
Location
Sticks
06 June
Gliders
06 June
Gliders
07 June
 
50th TCW
Colonel Julian M. Chappell
 
Cottesmore, Bottesford, Exeter
 
439th TCG
Lt Col. Charles H. Young
C-47
 
462
Upottery
1/506th
2/506th
 
20 CG4-A
29 Horsa
91st TCS
Major Howard U. Morton
C-47
L4
"
"
     
92nd TCS
Major Cecil E. Petty
C-47
J8
"
"
     
93rd TCS
Major Robert A. Barrere
C-47
3B
"
"
     
94th TCS
Major Joseph A. Beck II
C-47
D8
"
"
     
 
440th TCG
Lt Col. Frank X. Krebs
C-47
 
463
Exeter
3/506th
C/326th AEBn
   
95th TCS
Major Irvin G. Anderson
C-47
9X
"
"
     
96th TCS
Captain William R. Cooper
C-47
6Z
"
"
     
97th TCS
Major Jack S. Southard
C-47
W6
"
"
     
98th TCS
Major Bascome L. Neal
C-47
8Y
"
"
     
 
441st TCG
Lt Col. Theodore G. Kershaw
C-47
 
464
Merryfield
1/501st
2/501st
 
49 CG4-A
99th TCS
Major Walter T. Fletcher
C-47
3J
"
"
     
100th TCS
Captain James T. Cousin
C-47
6B
"
"
     
301st TCS
Captain Lloyd G. Neblett
C-47
Z4
"
"
     
302nd TCS
Lt. Col. Frederick Funston, Jr
C-47
2L
"
"
     
 
442nd TCG
Lt Col. Charles M. Smith
C-47
 
488
Fulbeck
1/507th
HQ 507th
   
303rd TCS
Major Robert G. Whittington, Jr
C-47
J7
"
"
     
304th TCS
Major Kenneth L. Glassburn
C-47
V4
"
"
     
305th TCS
Major John A. Crandell
C-47
4J
"
"
     
306th TCS
Major Royal S. Thompson
C-47
7H
"
"
     

 52nd Troop Carrier Wing

Unit
Commanding officer
Airplane
Code
Station
Location
Sticks
06 June
Gliders
06 June
Gliders
07 June
 
52nd TCW
Brig. Gen. Harold L. Clark
 
Cottesmore
 
61st TCG
Col. Willis W. Mitchell
C-47
 
483
Barkston Heath
2/507th
3/507th
   
14th TCS
Major Lewis S. Frederick, Jr
C-47
3I
"
"
     
15th TCS
Major Lawrence C. McMurtry
C-47
Y9
"
"
     
53rd TCS
Major Howard M. Betts
C-47
3A
"
"
     
59th TCS
Major Marcus O. Owens, Jr
C-47
X5
"
"
     
313th TCG
Col. James J. Roberts, Jr
C-47
 
484
Folkingham
1/508th
3/508th
   
29th TCS
Lt Col. Quinn M. Corley
C-47
5X
"
"
     
47th TCS
Major Paul W. Stephens
C-47
N3
"
"
     
48th TCS
Major Edgar F. Stovall, Jr
C-47
Z7
"
"
     
49th TCS
Lt Col. Frank J. Lumsden
C-47
H2
"
"
     
 
314th TCG
Col. Clayton Stiles
C-47
 
538
Saltby
2/508th
B/307th - HQ
   
32nd TCS
Major Halac G. Wilson
C-47
S2
"
"
     
50th TCS
Major Joseph H. McClure
C-47
2R
"
"
     
61st TCS
Major Campbell N. Smith
C-47
Q9
"
"
     
62nd TCS
Major Arthur E. Tappan
C-47
E5
"
"
     
 
315th TCG
Col. Hamish McLelland
C-47
 
493
Spanhoe
1/505th
Plt/307th
   
34th TCS
Lt. Col. Donald G. Dekin
C-47
NM
"
"
     
43rd TCS
Lt. Col. Otto H. Peterson
C-47
UA
"
"
     
309th TCS
Lt Col. Smylie C. Stark
C-47
M6
"
"
     
310th TCS
Lt Col. Henry G. Hamby, Jr
C-47
4A
"
"
     
 
316th TCG
Col. Harvey A. Berger
C-47
 
489
Cottesmore
2/505th
3/505th
   
36th TCS
Major James L. Roberts
C-47
4C
"
"
     
37th TCS
Major Leonard C. Fletcher
C-47
W7
"
"
     
44th TCS
Major Benjamin F. Kendig
C-47
6E
"
"
     
45th TCS
Major Mars Lewis
C-47
T3
"
"
     

 53rd Troop Carrier Wing

Unit
Commanding officer
Airplane
Code
Station
Location
Sticks
06 June
Gliders
06 June
Gliders
07 June
 
53rd TCW
Col. Maurice Beach
 
Greenham Common
 
434th TCG
Col. William B. Whitacre
C-47
 
467
Aldermaston
 
52 CG4-A
32 Horsa
50 CG4-A
71st TCS
Major Glenn E.W. Mann, Jr
C-47
CJ
"
"
    
72nd TCS
Major Frank W. Hansley
C-47
CU
"
"
    
73rd TCS
Major Terry G. Hutton
C-47
CN
"
"
    
74th TCS
Major Ralph L. Strean, Jr
C-47
ID
"
"
    
 
435th TCG
Col. Frank J. MacNees
C-47
 
474
Welford Park
3/501st
12 CG4-A
38 Horsa
 
75th TCS
Captain Lewis A. Curtis
C-47
CK
"
"
     
76th TCS
Lt Col. Robert C. Lewis
C-47
CW
"
"
     
77th TCS
Lt Col. Henry H. Osmer
C-47
IB
"
"
     
78th TCS
Lt Col. Bertil E. Hanson
C-47
CM
"
"
     
 
436th TCG
Lt Col. Adriel N. Williams
C-47
 
466
Membury
1/502nd
377th PFA
2 CG4-A
38 Horsa
 
79th TCS
Major John D. Kreyssler
C-47
S6
"
"
     
80th TCS
Major Clarence L. Schmid
C-47
7D
"
"
     
81st TCS
Major David W. Brack
C-47
U5
"
"
     
82nd TCS
Captain Robert G. Johns
C-47
3D
"
"
     
 
437th TCG
Col. Cedric E Hudgens
C-47
 
469
Ramsbury
 
60 CG4-A
18 Horsa
30 CG4-A
19 Horsa
83rd TCS
Captain John White
C-47
T2
"
"
     
84th TCS
Captain John M. Campbell
C-47
Z8
"
"
     
85th TCS
Captain Lester L. Ferguson
C-47
9O
"
"
377th PFA
   
86th TCS
Major Ralph E. Lehr
C-47
5K
"
"
     
 
438th TCG
Lt Col. John M. Donalson
C-47
 
486
Greenham Common
2 & 3/502nd
377th PFA
14 CG4-A
35 Horsa
 
87th TCS
Lt Col. David E. Daniel
C-47
3X
"
"
     
88th TCS
Major Robert W. Gates
C-47
M2
"
"
     
89th TCS
Major Clement G. Richardson
C-47
4U
"
"
     
90th TCS
Major Harold I. Pawlowski
C-47
Q7
"
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