Winfield E. “Bing” Wood was a WWII aerial engineer. His identification pass, shown here glued to a scrapbook page, was issued to him at an army air base in Knob Knoster, Missouri, in 1942.
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.