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KINLOCH RANNOCH, ST. LUKE'S (Former) WW2

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:34 am    Post subject: KINLOCH RANNOCH, ST. LUKE'S (Former) WW2 Reply with quote

This memorial is now inside the 'Old Church' at Kinloch Rannoch
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks like it was designed to be outside. Looks like a gravestone.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think I've seen a US forces name on a Scottish WW2 memorial before. They're not that common for First World War ones either.

I don't think it's that Scots who were living in the USA weren't patriotic. I think it was that they joined Canadian units early in the wars before the USA joined in.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Mackenzie
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # 36506067
77th Squadron, 435th Troop Carrier Group
Entered the Service from: Michigan
Died: 6-Jun-44
Buried at: Plot C Row 16 Grave 6
Normandy American Cemetery
Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Purple Heart
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhubthaigh wrote:
77th Squadron, 435th Troop Carrier Group


Note the date. D-Day. I wonder if he died dropping US paratroopers? The PH after his name must be for Purple Heart

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Wikipedia's page on RAF Welford

435th Troop Carrier Group
As part of the IX TCC's desire to have its C-47 groups commence training with paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division deployed in the Salisbury Plain area, the squadrons of the 435th Troop Carrier Wing arrived at Welford on 25 January 1944 from RAF Langar flying C-47s and C-53s. Its squadrons and fuselage codes were:

75th Troop Carrier Squadron (SH)
76th Troop Carrier Squadron (CW)
77th Troop Carrier Squadron (IB)
78th Troop Carrier Squadron (CM)
The 435th TCW was assigned to the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing.

At Welford, the group began training for participation in the airborne operation over Normandy. On 6 February the 435th took part in the first joint airborne exercise when British and U.S. paratroops were dropped at Winterbourne Stoke. Intensive training activities continued, dropping paratroops and towing CG-4A Waco assault gliders.

The group entered combat on D-Day by dropping paratroops of 101st Airborne Division near Cherbourg in the early hours of 6 June, losing three aircraft. Later that same day, the group towed 12 Waco and 38 Horsa gliders carrying reinforcements to that area on the afternoon of D-Day and on the following morning. For these actions, the 435th received a Distinguished Unit Citation for its part in the Battle of Normandy.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From U.S. Militaria discussion forums;

"In a letter written on May 25, 1944, to his brother in law, Lee Atha who was also in the Army, Bill writes, "The sooner things start popping the better I'll like it and I aim to be in on it. The sooner we all get in there the sooner we'll all get to go home. If I ever get back to Portland I'll never leave the old town again."
On the night of June 5, 1944, ludy and his comrades loaded into C-47 aircraft # 43-30734 of the 77th 77th Troop Carrier Squadron, 435th Troop Carrier Group for the Invasion of Europe.
The whole story of this aircraft is told in the book, "D-Day + 60 Years" by Jerome J. McLaughlin. McLaughlin's uncle (SSgt David Mackenzie) was the radio operator on the plane Ludy was assigned".
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:08 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 79606
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