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Sunday, 7 January 2018

[Vintage_and_Warbirds_Pictures] 27th of December 1944

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From: Steve Link steven_link [Vintage_and_Warbirds_Pictures] <>

On the 27th of December 1944, the 437th Troop Carrier Group continued flying combat re-supply to Bastogne for the beleaguered paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division.

However, for 2nd Lt Ernest Lanier and 2nd Lt Robert Waters from the 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron their mission would abruptly end during take off from Ramsbury Airfield. With six parapacks hung on their belly, their C-47 42-92863 required a higher take off speed. Confusion in the cockpit led to the undercarriage being retracted too early resulting in the C-47 slamming back down on the runway. When the right hand prop hit the runway, the C-47 veered off the runway and skidded to a halt on the frozen grass. None of the five crew were injured.

Joe Antrim was the 85th Troop Carrier Squadron's operations officer and was a keen photographer. He took a wonderful photograph of the accident using kodachrome colour film.

Photograph by Joe Antrim courtesy of Don Bolce and Thomas Potter whilst Neil Stevens and Roger Day provided information about the accident.


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