TSgt. Winfield “Bing” Wood’s combat mission record shows the paratrooper and supply missions during D-Day and also the later Operation Market Garden mission on 17 September 1944.
In 1944 Bing was assigned to the 61st Troop Carrier Squadron in Saltby, England. After his squadron received a new C-47 Skytrain, he named it “Turf & Sport Special” after his favorite horse-racing magazine. With Bing as the aerial engineer, “Turf & Sport” dropped 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers and supplies on 5 June 1944 in support of Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day. Bing and his airplane also flew missions in support of Operation Market Garden.
“Turf & Sport Special” has been part of the museum’s aircraft collection since 1986.