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IX Troop Carrier Command

The mission of the IX Troop Carrier Command is to drop in the Cotentin Peninsula the paratroopers of the two U.S. Airborne Divisions, the 82nd and 101st. The aircraft used for this task are the C-47 and the gliders Waco CG4-A and Horsa.

The various Troop Carrier Groups are distributed on the different airfields of England from which they take off according to a very precise timetable. From their starting points to the English coast, aerial corridors are marked out in order to guide the planes until the gathering point 'ELKO' preceding the crossing of the Channel. Then, the planes head south-west and leave the English coast at the Portland Bill headland. From this moment their flight level will have to be 500 feet. Four minutes after having passed 'FLATBUSH' and the English coast, the navigation lights and the lights inside the planes are turned off, only formation lights and amber recognition lights remain. Heading is maintained for 57 miles to a point code named 'HOBOKEN' which is a ship in the North-west of Guernsey. Over 'HOBOKEN' the planes change their course and move now towards south-east, towards the coast of the Cotentin peninsula. Amber lights are turned off and formation lights are turned to the lowest practicable intensity, the last part of the crossing begin. The French coast is crossed over the point code named 'MULESHOE' for the 101st Airborne and over the point code named 'PEORIA' for the 82nd Airborne.

The crossing of the Cotentin peninsula will take less than 15 minutes. In a few moments, paratroopers will be dropped over their respective drop-zone, over Normandy.

52nd Troop Carrier Wing, commanded by Brig. Gen. Harold L. Clark

61st Troop Carrier Group, commanded by Col. Willis W. Mitchell

Mission Boston - Serial 24


15th Troop Carrier Squadron, commanded by Maj. Lawrence C. McMurtry

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14th Troop Carrier Squadron, commanded by Major Lewis S. Frederick, Jr.

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