Winfield E. “Bing” Wood was a WWII aerial engineer. His wool Ike jacket has Airborne Troop Carrier and engineering patches on the right sleeve, a Ninth Air Force patch and five overseas service bars on the left sleeve, and U.S. Army technical sergeant stripes all sewn on with decorative herringbone stitching. Over the right pocket is a discharge emblem.
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.
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Every artifact in the Air Mobility Command Museum, including this one, is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. We are not able to loan artifacts in the museum's collection.