IX Troop Carrier Command

by George "Pete" Buckley

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My Dad was with Hq. and Hq. Sqd. 33rd Air Depot Group, at North Witham, England. He drove an ambulance at the dispensary there before he deployed to Leharve France around September 1944. I would appreciate any information on this unit. Thanks.

We know very little of our father Sgt. Walter A. Ploszaj TCGrp 349 TC Sqd 23 activities other than returning from the area of Amy France to Ft Bergstrom Austin TX in Nov 1945 waiting to acquire enough “points” to earn a discharge. He never discussed his time in the AAC other than to remind us kids that Memorial Day picnic was a day of remembrance not a day of celebration. He was a member of the American Legion Sgt Janser Post 20 – CT and State Commander of the American Polish Legion Terryville – CT

We have in our museum a USAAF C-47A, 42-100931, that was part of the 9th AAF, IX Troop Carrier Command, 50th Wing, 440th Troop Carrier Group, 97th Troop Carrier Squadron stationed at Exeter Field, England during June 1944. We are seeking any information regarding the aircraft during the Normandy, D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. Information that could identify the crew names and units carried during missions for that day.

Current information requiring confirmation; Aircraft was part of Operation Albany, launched at 0140 hrs on 6/6/44 to Drop Zone ‘D’ and carried members of the 101st airborne, 506 P.I.R. We do not have confirmation of the crew or any additional missions or destinations during that day.
The museum is planning on doing more research to prepare for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 1944. We would like to enhance the material we have with documentation, photos, logs etc. and confirm all flights and crews associated with the plane at that time. Any information you can share would be appreciated.

Thank you
David Malmad
Lyon Air Museum

My father was a crew chief with the 315TH TC GP, 34TH SQ from May 1943 until the Squadron was sent to Tobago in abt. Aug. 1945 he stayed there until Nov. 1945 when he was discharged from active service and sent home. I remember when he heard Stephen Ambrose say that the 101st airborne (He dropped the 82nd Airborne) was dropped at speeds of up to 200 mph. He said first of all any real historian would have done his homework and know that the C-47 couldn’t do 190 mph on a straight line if it was empty let alone with a full stick of men and equipment unless it was in an uncontrolled power dive (Meaning in the process of crashing). They may have been dropped too high (I doubt that) or too low (really could have happened) but never too fast. Just what a guy who did them all used to say.

Would anyone happen to know anything about the 434th Quartermaster Platoon? Looking for anything regarding my grandfather, Charles Wilson Tuttle.


My dad was a drop master on C-47 with 1st Platoon, 490th QM, 9th Air Force. Would like to find out more about his unit and units exploits. Some things pieced together by myself and brother but much is unknown. I know they picked up Resistance Fighters, pilots shot down, etc. with a snatch hook and many times flew so low that upon return they had brush and limbs in the engine cowling. Crash landed once in England from damage received on a mission.

Bob, Can you help me understand if the QM Platoons were stationary, or did they fly around with the bomber crews? Given your story, and stories of my grandfather, it would seem like the latter. My Gramps was in the 434th QM Plt. but cannot find a darn thing about his particular unit.

My great uncle was also a drop master Sgt. with the 490th Quartermaster Depot Company. A Troop Carrier Command research team led by Historian Hans den Brok, discovered that my great uncle & number of officers from his unit, received the Air Medal for ammo, fuel/supply drop fights from June 7 – Dec 27 1944 in France, Holland and the Bastogne resupply. I am trying to find out more on the 490th QM depot Company. Is there an official Military yearbook of some sort, for this unit? What TCG there were part of ect..I’d appreciate any insight or info you have or would like to share.

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,


Stephen Johnson

My dad (Frederick Schollhammer) was in the 9th Troop Carrier Command, 53rd Wing, 434 Group, 72nd Squadron. He was 19 years old when he arrived in England on 12 December 1944. By Feb or March he was flying out of Reims France. He was pretty faithful about writing home and my grandmother saved all his letters which I still have. Dad was discharged in December of 45 and made it home for Christmas that year.

My Grandfather, Donald (Don) Nelson was in the Ninth Troop Cartier Command as a glider pilot. He was discharged in November 1945.

Stephan Johnson,
My Father was also in 72nd squadron
Would you be willing to trade photos with me. I have quite a few however most of them have no riding or captions so it’s hard to decipher them.

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,

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.
TCG: 439 TC Sqd: 93
Stephenville TX

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

My Grandfather was a glider pilot and I just came across a picture he good and on the back it says Rhine River March 26, 1945. He passed away some time ago but I’m helping my son with a WWII history project so I’m going through old photos and his diary.

Hello sir,

is your father still alive?

Thank you,

kind regards

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?