306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 with the tail radio call letter P (7H-P). This photo was taken after June 5th 1944, as
indicated by the five alternating white and black recognition stripes painted on the tail. These stripes were painted within
hours of the invasion of Normandy France, June 6th 1944. This aircraft serial number is not currently known. The nose of this
C-47 carries the artwork of Alberto Vargas, and what appears to be the name: "PRECIOUS CARGO".
306th Troop Carrier Squadron
442nd Troop Carrier Group
England-France-Germany 1944-1945
- 1943 442nd TCG stationed Alliance Nebraska -
- September 1st 1943, 306th TCS, 442nd TCG Activated: Sedalia Army Air Field, Warrensburg Missouri -
- December 15th 1943, 442nd TCG with squadrons moved to Alliance Army Air Base, Alliance Nebraska -
- January 25th 1944, departed Alliance Army Air Base -
- February 1st 1944, Pope Field, Fort Bragg, North Carolina -
- February 29th 1944, air and ground echelon left train for Baer Field, Fort Wayne Indiana, arriving March 2, 1944 -
- Air Echelon left Baer Field for its Overseas Destination on March 10th 1944 -
- Ground Echelon departed from Baer Field on March 11, 1944, arriving Camp Shanks March 12, 1944 -
- March 20th 1944, Grond Echelon left Camp Shanks by train for the Port of Embarkation and boarded the Queen Mary which
sailed March 21st 1944 at 1600. March 27, 1944 the Queen Mary anchored off of Greenock, Scotland and debarked at 1700
March 28, 1944. Arrived Leadenham at 0930 on March 29th and by trucks were transported to RAF Fulbeck -
- Seven of the thirteen C-47s that took off from Baer Field on March 10th 1944 arrived on the 27th of March 1944 at RAF
Fulbeck. Enroute, one airplane crashed North of Dakar, North Africa. The remaining five aircraft lagged behind due to
mechanical failures. By April 11, 1944 all aircraft had reached RAF Fulbeck, USAAF Station 488 -
- General Orders No. 26 dated June 6, 1944 0501 hours, the 442nd TCG was relieved from the 52nd Troop Carrier Wing and
assigned to the 50th Troop Carrier Wing for Operations and Training -
- June 13th 1944 departed RAF Fulbeck, USAAF Station 488 and moved to RAF Weston Zoyland, USAAF Station 447 -
- August 7th 1944 departed RAF Weston Zoyland, USAAF Station 447 and moved to RAF Ramsbury, USAAF Station 469 -
- August 24th 1944 departed RAF Ramsbury, USAAF Station 469 and moved to RAF Weston Zoyland, USAAF Station 447 -
- October 4th 1944 departed RAF Weston Zoyland, USAAF Station 447 arrived Air Strip A-44, France
- November 6th 1944 departed Air Strip A-44, arrived Air Strip B-24 -
The 306th TCS formation comprised of 9 aircraft on June 6th 1944. The aircraft were:
C-47A-80-DL 43-15138 Chalk 37, piloted by Major Royal S. Thompson,
C-47A-10-DK 42-92743 Chalk 38 by 2nd Lt. Billy Imboden Jr
C-47A-80-DL C-47 43-15141 Chalk 39 by 1st Lt. Cornell C. Houston.
C-47A-80-DL 43-15137 Chalk 40 by 1st Lt. Buckley A. Maynard
C-47A-80-DL 43-15133 named "The Outlaw" Chalk 41 piloted by 2nd Lt. Douglas H. Lippe
C-47A-80-DL 43-15132 Chalk 42 by 2nd Lt. Thomas H. Mills.
C-47A-80-DL 43-15140 Chalk 43, piloted by 1st Lt. James M. Myers,
C-47A-80-DL 43-15136 Chalk 44 by 1st Lt. Ardell C. Tiedeman
C-47A-80-DL 43-15139 Chalk 45 by 2nd Lt. William J. McCormick Jr.
CG-4A 42-79151
On September 18, 1944 at 15:06 HRS, D+1 of Operation Market Garden, Flight Officer Noel McCann piloted a CG-4A 42-79151
Glider named "Queen City", 306th Troop Carrier Squadron. The CG-4A crashed killing Pilot F/O Noel McCann T-122016.
This page is specifically for the aircraft assigned to the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron (7H),
442nd Troop Carrier Group, 50th Troop Carrier Wing, 9th Troop Carrier Command.
This page is a continuous work in progress as more history becomes available.
Updated June 2
6th 2016
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47A-5-DK 42-92418 with the tail radio call letter N (7H-N). This photo is attributed to have been
taken in Metz, France with the pilot being Roger W. Moser Jr from Washington D.C. The aircraft has been readied for pulling a
glider and carries the Chalk number 44 on the side.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47A-5-DK 42-92418 with the tail radio call letter N (7H-N). This photo is attributed to have been
taken in Metz, France with the pilot being Roger W. Moser Jr from Washington D.C. and his flight crew. The aircraft carries the
Chalk number 44 on the side.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47A-80-DL 43-15140 with the tail radio call letter K (7H-K). This aircraft flew on June 6th 1944,
Mission Boston, Serial 26, Chalk 43, Pilot 1st Lt. James M. Myers.
The aircraft has seven white squares with a cross through them for med-evac missions, painted above the first cargo area
window.
She served after WWII with the Illinois Air National Guard and was later civil registered as PK-AKJ. She later served with Fuerza
Aerea Columbia as FAC-1122 and then HK-3176.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 with the tail radio call letter A (7H-A). This aircraft serial number is currently unknown.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 7H-T. This aircraft appears to have been re-assigned to the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron
as her previous nose code has been painted over and 7H applied. The aircraft serial number and nose art are currently
unknown. The aircraft has a triangle painted on the nose, but the last three digits of the serial number are not visible. In front
of and above the first cargo area window appears to be two parachutes and one white square with a cross through it for
med-evac mission. Another marking below the square is not recognizable.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47A-80-DL 43-15137 with the tail radio call letter H (7H-H). This aircraft flew on June 6th 1944,
Mission Boston, Serial 26, Chalk 40, Pilot 1st Lt. Buckley A. Maynard; September 17th 1944 Operation Market Garden, Serial
A-10, Chalk 76, Pilot 1st Lt. Buckley A. Maynard and March 24th 1945 Operation Varsity, Serial A-20, Chalk 48, Pilot 1st Lt
Rufus Y. Norris.
Photo from  (342-FH Box 76 A18095) National Archives.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 with the tail radio call letter O (7H-O) and tail radio call letter A (7H-A).
The serial numbers of both aircraft are currently unknown.
Photo from  (342-FH Box 76 A18095) National Archives.
GLIDERS ASSIGNED TO THE 306TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON:
STATIONS OF THE 306TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON:
306th Troop Carrier Squadron 7H-R C-47A-15-DK 42-92865 C/N 12713 "Sack Time" "Acme Fast Freight"
Top left and right photo:
The photo to the right shows 7H-R and 7H-S, which has been cropped from the original photo, flying over very high snow
capped mountains. Both aircraft carry six Type A-5 parapack bundles under the aircraft. Alternating white/black invasion
stripes, previously painted on the empennage, which have clearly worn off, with only the slightest remnants of black
remaining. These markings known as "Invasion Stripes" were applied for the invasion of Normandy, France, June 6th 1944 and
have been clearly cited as being present during "Operation Market" September 17th 1944, the airborne invasion of Holland.
Both photos show a triangle with the last three digits of the aircraft serial number painted in white on the nose.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron 7H-R C-47A-15-DK 42-92865, bottom five photos.
This shows 865 undergoing engine maintenance at an St Andre de L'Eure, April 1945. Clearly written under the co-pilot window
is LT R I Ayers. LT Richard I. Ayers, also known as "Dick", was later killed in an A-20 Havoc crash in Northern Ireland, June
19th 1945.
The aircraft clearly shows that the nose art preceded the addition of the words "Acme Fast Freight". The engine replacement
photos, dated April 1945, do not have "Acme Fast Freight" painted on the side of the aircraft. Later photos show the additional
markings applied to the fuselage side.
Above left photo from SSgt Charles C. Smith, ASN 18116777, Headquarters Squadron, 442nd Troop Carrier Group.
Above right photo courtesy, Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover Delaware.
Above bottom five photos courtesy David Thomas via Richard Ayers estate.
Another picture of 306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 7H-T. The aircraft serial number and nose art are currently unknown.
The original photo, taken from a 306th TCS veteran, has the caption "Pearson T-Tare on the wing".
The reference to "Pearson" may be for Leonard E. Pearson of Otsego Michigan, who was assigned to the 306th TCS. Tare is
the phonetic letter for "T".
306th Troop Carrier Squadron Veteran Sgt Earl (Jack) Thuneman, ASN 17133102, photo album via son Paul Thuneman
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 7H. The aircraft serial number and crew member in the pilot seat are currently unknown.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron Veteran Sgt Earl (Jack) Thuneman, ASN 17133102, photo album via son Paul Thuneman
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47's. Multiple aircraft from the 306th TCS are shown in this photo. None of the aircraft have
the diamond with last three digits of the serial number on the nose.
Photo from "Ce Travail A Ete Concu A Paris Dans Le Souvenir De La Liberation De L'Europe Par Les G.I." Presented to Frank Ehrman by Col. Mike M. Smith, 442nd Troop Carrier Group for the Historical Files of the 50th
Troop Carrier Wing.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47A-15-DK 42-100874 7H-U, above left and right photo.
On September 17th 1944, during Operation Market - the airborne invasion of Holland, C-47A-15-DK 42-100874 7H-U was being
flown by 1st Lieutenant Thomas H. Mills (Pilot), Flight Officer John K. Barber (Co-Pilot), with crew 1st Lieutenant Olin H.
Jennings (Navigator), Staff Sergeant Rollin R. Bailey (Radio Operator) and Staff Sergeant Jessie H. Beal (Crew Chief). The
aircraft deployed her paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division, Serial A-10 over Drop Zone B. During the return from the
Drop Zone, 42-100874 was hit by flak and her pilot conducted an emergency landing in a field near Geel, Belgium.

Flight Officer Barber and S/Sgt Beal bailed out before it was too low for a safe jump. The others, 1st Lieutenants Mills and
Jennings with S/Sgt Bailey survived the actual crash.
The aircraft managed to hit the only obstacle in the otherwise clear field: a 45 ton German Jagdpanther which had belonged to
1. Kompanie of the schwere Panzer-Jäger Abteilung 559 and was disabled sometime between September 10th - 12th, 1944.

C-47A-15-DK 42-100874 had previously served with the 439th Troop Carrier Group for Mission Albany - Serial 12, Chalk 60,
Pilot: Schulze, June 6th 1944 – Normandy.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47A-90-DL 43-16048 7H-Y, above left and right photo.
C-47A-90-DL 43-16048 previously served with the 27th Air Transport Group, as shown in the left photo. The aircraft carries the
stripes for the 27th ATG on the top of the tail with 5A on the nose. The alternating white/black/white stripes have been painted
on the empennage for use on June 6th 1944 through the Fall of 1944.
C-47A-90-DL 43-16048 7H-Y in service with the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron, right photo. The markings for the 27th ATG are
no longer on the tail, and the radio call letter Y has been added above the aircraft serial number. In this photo, C-47A 43-16048
is shown ferrying prisoners of war. The photo is marked "Prints and negs. rec'd 17 April 1945 from BPR".
Photo from  National Archives, War Theatre #12 (Germany) Prisons and Prisoners

On June 1st 1945, while assigned to the 306th TCS 442nd TCG, C-47A 43-16048 with Pilot Charles B Batchell had a Mid-Air
Collision due to Weather, at Airfield Y-34, Metz France.
The above four photos are believed to be 306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47A-15-DK 42-92918 7H-S.
The photo on the top left, and high resolution zoom, on the top right clearly show C-47 7H-S. The aircraft serial number is
believed to be C-47A-15-DK 42-92918, a serial number assigned to the 306th TCS. The aircraft carries six Type A-5 parapack
bundles under the aircraft. Alternating white/black invasion stripes, previously painted on the empennage, which have clearly
worn off, with only the slightest remnants of black remaining. These markings known as "Invasion Stripes" were applied for
the invasion of Normandy, France, June 6th 1944 and have been clearly cited as being present during "Operation Market"
September 17th 1944, the airborne invasion of Holland. A triangle with the last three digits of the aircraft serial number 918
appears to be painted in white on the nose.
Top left and right photo courtesy, Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover Delaware.

The second two photos are also believed to be of C-47A-15-DK 42-92918, previously 7H-S of the 306th TCS 442nd TCG, but
the 7H has been painted over on the nose with reassignment Z4 of the 301st TCS 441st TCG with the radio call tail letters AE.
The 441st remained overseas after the war as part of United States Air Forces in Europe, performing occupation duty from
Frankfurt Germany. The aircraft carries the name The Georgia Peach on the side of the cockpit with a white triangle painted
on the nose with the only visible part of the serial number painted below: 8.
The original photo on the left is marked "Peralta Looking Hot" and the photo to the right "The Peach taking a rest in Munich,
Germany". It should be noted that a C-47 in the background has 7H painted on the nose.
Above left and right photo from 306th Troop Carrier Squadron Veteran Sgt Earl (Jack) Thuneman, ASN 17133102, photo album via son Paul Thuneman

On June 1st 1945, while assigned to the 306th TCS 442nd TCG, C-47A-15-DK 42-92918 with Pilot Miller had a Mid-Air Collision
due to Weather, at Airfield Y-34, Metz France.
An unknown 306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 with 7H crudely painted over previous squadron markings. This aircraft serial
number is currently unknown.
MISSIONS OF THE 306TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON
(WORK IN PROGRESS)
306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 7H with Sgt Earl J. Thuneman. The aircraft serial number in the photo is currently
unknown.
306th Troop Carrier Squadron Veteran Sgt Earl (Jack) Thuneman, ASN 17133102, photo album via son Paul Thuneman
C-47 43-1513? 7H-E. The full aircraft serial number has not been verified at this time.
The top photo shows 7H-E next to engine maintenance at an St Andre de L'Eure, April 1945.
The bottom photo shows 7H-E in flight. The alternating white/black/white stripes on the fuselage, painted for the June 6th
1944 invasion of Normandy France, have completely worn off from the upper part of the fuselage.
Photo courtesy David Thomas via Richard Ayers estate.
Another picture of 306th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47 7H-T. The aircraft serial number is currently unknown.
The nose art in this picture appears to be a mermaid.
Above photo courtesy David Thomas via Richard Ayers estate.
C-47's of the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron: 7H-I, 7H-Q and 7H-D.
The aircraft serial numbers of each of these aircraft are currently unknown.
This photo is believed to have been taken at Saltzburg Austria or Munich Germany, as written on the reverse of the photo.
Photo courtesy David Thomas via Richard Ayers estate.
C-47A-80-DL 43-15143, above left and right photo.
First loss of the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron:

The Air Echelon of the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron left Baer Field, Fort Wayne Indiana, its overseas destination on March
10th 1944. Seven of the thirteen C-47s that took off from Baer Field on March 10th 1944 arrived on the 27th of March 1944 at
RAF Fulbeck, England. Enroute, one airplane crashed North of Dakar, North Africa. The remaining five aircraft lagged behind
due to mechanical failures. By April 11, 1944 all aircraft had reached RAF Fulbeck, USAAF Station 488.
The aircraft that crashed from the from the 306th TCS was C-47A-80-DL 43-15143 near Yundum Airfield, Gambia, West Africa,
22 March 1944. The starboard engine of 43-15143 started losing oil pressure shortly after leaving Roberts Field, Liberia that
morning. The engine finally stopped completely. An attempted emergency landing was made at nearest 'friendly' air strip, but
overshot the runway. The aircraft crashed about 300 yards past runway and burst into flames with 8 personnel on board.
Three Service Members were killed in the crash: 2nd Lt. George E. Wuenschel Jr. (Pilot); 2nd Lt. Daniel Morris Holenshade Jr.
(Co-Pilot) and S/Sgt. William Dean S. Kincaid Jr. Two Service Members were pulled from the aircraft, but later died from their
injuries: Sgt. William A. Cooper and Cpl Lester L. Zornes, (Radio Op). Sgt. William E. Richards, Sgt. Clemence D. Turbeville
and
the Navigator, 2nd Lt. James H. O'brien Jr. survived the crash.
The 306th Troop Carrier Squadron took off from Baer Field, Indiana for overseas movement
on March 10th 1944. At this point, the squadron had thirteen aircraft assigned to it. The
first stop in the South Atlantic Flight Route was Homestead Army Air Field, Homestead
Florida. The aircraft arrived there on March 10th 1944, and were given Operations Orders
Number 50 from Headquarters Station #8 CAR-ATC. The movement orders for the flight
echelons were given Shipment Number 1601-EZ
The rest of the squadron would travel via the Queen Mary: Shipment Number 1601-AZ
This is a copy of the original Operations Orders Number 50, dated March 10th 1944, above two photos.
The aircraft for the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron were assigned the following Shipment Numbers:
- C-47A 43-15132 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 1 -
Pilot: Major Royal S. Thompson O-411737, Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. David F. Montgomery O-687617, Navigator:
2nd Lt. Robert D. Warrington O-707153, Engineer: Cpl Kenneth K. Keith 34360034, Radio Operator: S/Sgt
Donald J. Turner 15017588 with passengers 2nd Lt. John Corsetti O-696556, 1st Lt
. Therold J. Rathgeb O-
576000 and 1st Lt. John V. Welling O-581337.
- C-47A 43-15065 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 2 -
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Thomas H. Mills O-755730, Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Rufus Y. Norris O-696654, Engineer: Cpl
. Jesse
H. Beal 19005486 and Radio Operator: Cpl
. Rollin R. Bailey 37477111
- C-47A 43-15134 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 4 -
Pilot: Major Charles M. Smith O-348866, Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. Cornell C. Houston O-465211,
Engineer: S/Sgt
Sebastian T. Raffa 12015615, Radio Operator: Cpl
. Charles F. Brown 11067632 with passengers Capt
Thomas Bauch O-649153, T/Sgt Francis H. Christman Jr 32402037 and 2nd Lt. William A. Wright O-753478
- C-47A 43-15136 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 5 -
Pilot: 1st Lt. Delbert J. Ervin O-740091, Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. William A. Atchison O-702742, Navigator: 2nd Lt.
Richard P. Ward O-706992, Engineer: Sgt
. Pedro P. Garcia 32628246, Radio Operator: Cpl. Andrew J.
Bubenik 32873970 with passengers S/Sgt Howard R. Green 17077857,  P
FC Herbert C. D. Kelly 32726888
and Cpl
. Don A. Eggspuechler 37668085
- C-47A 43-15090 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 6 -
Pilot: 1st Lt. Robert E. Veatch O-677339, Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Wilbourn I. McNutt O-686257, Engineer: Cpl
.
Jack Spicknell 33678342 and Radio Operator
: Cpl. Stephen M. Cortman 32822219
- C-47A 43-15137 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 7 -
Pilot: Major Alan D. Moore O-412184, Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Elmer W. Ambler O-816197, Engineer: S/Sgt
Francis A. Kline Jr 13145545, Radio Operator: Cpl
. Vernon F. Coss 17098809 with passengers Major Paul
Tison O-905945, 2nd Lt. Howard H. Baker O-756790 and WOJG Ruban C. Compton W-2130546
- C-47A 43-15138 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 9 -
Pilot: 1st Lt. Murrel
l Van Blarcom O-678348, Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. James D. Bahrt Jr O-808239, Navigator: 2nd
Lt. Harry C. Ward Jr O-706990, Engineer: Cpl. Robert A. Glover 35090185, Radio Operator: Cpl. William J.
Cronin Jr 33738277 with passengers S/Sgt Jay H. Moyer 6949630, 2nd Lt. Roy F. Weeks Jr O-756365 and
Sgt. Morris Haber 32318655
- C-47A 43-15139 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 10 -
Pilot: 2nd Lt. William J. McCormick
Jr O-809016, Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. William R. Miller O-693156, Engineer:
Sgt. Nicholas J. Carone 32723487, Radio Operator: Cpl. J. B. Powell 18120997 with passengers S/Sgt.
Robert W. Thomas 14061910, T/Sgt Edward F. Olechovsky 33293792 and 1st Lt. Livingston Platt
Jr O-
860861
- C-47A 43-15140 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 11 -
Pilot: 1st Lt. James M. Myers O-522723, Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. Ardell C.
Tiedeman O-441299, Navigator: 2nd Lt.
William M. Stock O-706984, Engineer: Cpl. Thomas E. Brown 35352704
, Radio Operator: Cpl. Norman E.
Rose 39411788
with passengers S/Sgt Jack L. Graham 19038317, T/Sgt. Louis A. Flynn 14040757 and
S/Sgt Anthony Salerno 37467889
- C-47A 43-15141 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 12 -
Pilot: 1st Lt. Buckley A. Maynard O-529480, Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Samuel H. Bailey Jr O-816201, Engineer: Cpl.
Roy A. Hermanson 32863005, Radio Operator: Cpl. Robert B. Waters 14092966 with passengers S/Sgt.
Donald G. Schwartz 33557057, 1st Lt. William D. Smith Jr O-433333 and S/Sgt. Arnold L. Flato 32174529
- C-47A 43-15142 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 13 -
Pilot: 2nd Lt. Charles B. Bachtell O-696533, Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Billy Imboden Jr O-753360, Engineer: Cpl.
Floyd H. Webb 36817248, Radio Operator: Cpl. Harry J. Williams Jr 34546017 with passengers S/Sgt Earl
A. Bittner 15062999, Sgt. Richard F. Young 12134207 and 2nd Lt. Richard I. Ayers O-816199

NOTE: There are only eleven of thirteen aircraft listed on this document.

S
hipment Number 1601-EZ 3 and 1601-EZ 8 are not listed.
This is a copy of the original second set of Operations Orders Number 50, dated March 10th 1944, above
photo.
This aircraft for the 306th Troop Carrier Squadron were assigned the following Shipment Numbers:
- C-47A 43-15143 Shipment Number 1601-EZ 8 -
Pilot: 2nd Lt. George E. Wuenschel Jr. O-808637, Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Daniel Morris Holenshade Jr. O-696465,
Navigator:  2nd Lt. James H. O'brien O-800261, Engineer: Sgt. William A. Cooper 36565507, Radio
Operator: Cpl. Lester L. Zornes 39463735 with passengers Sgt. William E. Richards
16101868, Sgt.
Clemence D. Turbeville
34644662 and S/Sgt. William Dean S. Kincaid Jr. 15063774.

It should be noted that
the Navigator, 2nd Lt. James H. O'brien Jr., was assigned to the 306th Troop
Carrier Squadron for this flight only and was instructed upon completion of this mission to return to his
home station of Homestead Army Air Field Florida.

Shipment Number 1601-EZ 3 is not contained in this document either.