On 16 july 1944, air echelons of the 95th, 96th and 97th Squadrons left England for Italy via North Africa. Based at Ombrone airfield near Grosseto on the west coast of Italy, the 440th TCG lifted 720 paratroopers of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team on the 15th of August, and delivered them to Le Muy, about 20 miles inland from the coast of Southern France.

Albatross Mission - Serial #6, built of 45 planes from the 440th Troop Carrier Group, dropped its troops at 04:35 on DZ "A".

Upon return to Ombrone, aircraft were refueled, crews briefed and a second run to Le Muy was made towing gliders containing elements of the 602nd Field Artillery Battalion. Dove Mission - 48 planes in serial #19 to LZ "O" at 18:35.

 

 


* Her crew during Operation DRAGOON

PILOT

2nd Lieutenant James P. HARPER
O-681080

Corona - California

CO-PILOT

2nd Lieutenant Luther J. LIZANA
O-753378

Gulfport - Mississippi

RADIO-OPERATOR

Sergeant Joseph R. BUCKNER
38411772

Baytown - Texas

 

CREW CHIEF

S/Sergeant Howard F. LINDSLEY
12198403

Martville - New York




Field order 1 - 50th Troop Carrier Wing - Operation "Dragoon".
Annex N°2 - Air Movement Table - Operation "Dragoon".
Annex N°3 - Time Schedule - Operation "Dragoon".
Appendix 1 to Annex N°7 - Navigational Aids - Operation "Dragoon".
Individual Flight Record - James P. HARPER - August 1944
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