IX Troop Carrier Command

by George "Pete" Buckley

This story is from a firsthand account. It is not copyrighted unless noted but we request anyone using this for other than personal use to credit the author and the museum.

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  • My grandfather (Earl Johnson) was a C-47 pilot with the 72nd of the 434th. He flew into D-Day, Market Garden, Varsity, and Sicily during WWII, and also flew combat in Korea and Vietnam.

    I have personal effects, letters, photographs, et al. from his time in Europe and wondered if the museum might be both interested in copies and able to patch some of the holes in my knowledge of his service.

    Thank you,

    v/r

    Stephen Johnson

  • My dad was not very forthcoming out all of his experiences during the war, but the basics he did tell me about was after training at various stateside field up & down the eastern seaboard (including Pope Field next to Ft. Bragg), he was assigned as a C-47 navigator to the 311th Troop Carrier Squadron and based in Hawaii flying supplies to the front lines. Although he never said so, I suspect that rather than return to Hawaii empty, his plane would be loaded with wounded, and the sight of the severity of the wounds suffered by these troops had a chilling effect on him. I would appreciate if anyone with knowledge of the role of Troop Carrier Command in the SWPA prior to the end of fighting in the ETO contact me so I can find out what life might have been like for him during this period.

    Thank you,

  • Adrian P Dulston

    Is there a list of personnel based in Grantham, UK during 1944?

    • If by “Grantham” you mean the 61st Troop Carrier Group stationed about 9 miles away at Barkston-Heath, then yes a few mostly legible lists do exist. I am in process of assembling them into a document.

  • I took photo of my fathers WWII jacket and he was with troop carriers
    He is 92
    I wonder if might enjoy speaking from someone from those days

    • hey Gary
      Grandmothers brother was a Glider pilot, he was shot down over the Rhine at operation Varsity…. Ive been looking for someone thats a glider pilot that might remember him or know him.
      F/O Jesse C. Wolverton, Jr.
      3/24/1945
      TCG: 439 TC Sqd: 93
      Stephenville TX

      if you or anyone has info about him please email me @ onechosenson@gmail.com

  • I have Corporal Charles Mather’s Report of Separation, dated 8 May 1946. It states he belonged to the 9th Carrier Command, but had no overseas service, although he entered the service in 1944, at age 28. According to the family, he was in Biloxi, Mississippi the whole time, doing what, nobody knows. His Report of Separation was executed at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri.

    Online searches indicate the 9th Carrier Command was overseas in 1944-45. Two questions: Was there a stateside component? What was its mission?

    Thanks,

    • There was no stateside component of the IX Troop Carrier Command until the very end of WW II when the headquarters designation was transferred stateside. Personnel assigned overseas were transferred to other ETO units or were sent home to other units for discharge processing.

      It is possible that the IX TCC could have been tasked as a mustering out center for servicemen in which case it would have been possible his discharge paperwork said IX TCC. More than that I don’t know.

      V/R,
      Mike Leister
      Director

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