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


2nd Lieutenant James P. HARPER

Corona - California


2nd Lieutenant Murray LAWLER

Temvik - North Dakota


Sergeant Joseph R. BUCKNER

Baytown - Texas



S/Sergeant Howard F. LINDSLEY

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".
Operations order N°142 - Operation "Dragoon".
Individual Flight Record - James P. HARPER - August 1944
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