During the eighteen months in the European Theater of Operations, the men of the 440th Troop Carrier Group, comprised of a headquarters element plus the 95th, 96th, 97th and 98th Troop Carrier Squadrons, participated in the paradrops and glider tows that marked the invasions of Normandy and Southern France, the airborne invasion of Holland and the drop across the Rhine and into Germany.
They dropped supplies to the surrounded defenders of Bastogne and flew gasoline to Patton’s tanks in their dash across France and Germany. They flew millions of pounds of food, ammunition, medical supplies and fuel to the front lines and evacuated thousands of wounded troops and liberated prisoners of war.
Their air crews have successfully accomplished every mission assigned to them in spite of enemy action and adverse weather conditions while the ground crews supported them superbly. When deemed necessary, the Group separated into air and ground echelons and moved over four continents to various bases in the United Kingdom, Italy and France in order to fulfill its role in the final victory in Europe.
This is their story. A story of a proud but often overlooked heritage. It is also a story of the men of the Airborne units they carried into battle and the men of the ground forces whom they resupplied by air, and those they airlifted home. It is truly an American success story.
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