Lewis - A2A wrote:
Amazing stuff. What the story behind the damaged truck and C47 tail. Night intruder attack?
thankyou for sharing these pieces of history
I vaguely remember Grandpa telling me about it, but I looked it up and here is what I found from a paper at af.milThe incident occurred when a detail of paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division's 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Company
I, were unloading parapacks from a 6x6 truck and placing them under the left wing of the "Bama Belle," C-47 number 43-15067
belonging to the squadron. One of the parapack bundles toppled onto a bundle containing 28 landmines, which exploded
simultaneously. Sgt. Shearer, Pfc. Mitchell and Pvt. Spera were killed instantly and two other member of the 82nd Airborne were
wounded. Sgt. Dahlberg was the only casualty in the 96th TCS.
Full article herehttp://www.af.mil/shared/media/document ... 01-119.pdf
I do have his flight records.
I'll see if I can find them and I'll scan them.
"The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - Douglas Adams