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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Troop Carrier Tactical Airlift

To those who served, and those who did not return.

 

— United States Air Force —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2021
1. Troop Carrier Tactical Airlift Monument
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Since 1942, Troop Carriers were responsible for air transport of parachute troops, airborne infantry, glider units, and for conducting local air transportation within the theaters of operations, including providing air transport to air and ground combat units and evacuation of casualties from forward areas. Troop Carriers served with distinction in all theaters during World War II. The Troop Carrier mission transferred to the new United States Air Force, when it was established as a separate service. Troop Carriers provided transportation for air and ground forces during the Cold War, including operations into hostile airspace and humanitarian missions. Troop Carriers conducted part of the Berlin Airlift, then played a major role in the Korean War. Troop Carriers provided mobility to ground forces in Southeast Asia and flew Special Operations missions dropping flares for night airstrikes, leaflets, and bombs. Many of the Troop Carrier wings were redesignated as Tactical Airlift wings and retained the same mission. Time and time again, Troop Carrier Tactical Airlifters endured hardship and hostile actions as they evacuated casualties,
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2021
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resupplied besieged troops, and evacuated outposts under fire. They performed humanitarian missions ranging from dropping hay to stranded cattle to evacuating casualties of natural disasters. Troop Carrier Tactical Airlifters were awarded the prestigious Mackay Trophy for the meritorious flight of the year for 1963, 1964, and 1968.

 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpacePatriots & PatriotismWar, KoreanWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
 
Location. 39° 46.718′ N, 84° 6.863′ W. Marker is in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Monument (Memorial #1037) is in the Memorial Park of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, with museum access off Springfield Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton OH 45433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Berlin Airlift (a few steps from this marker); Dedicated to CMSgt Bill Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Eagles (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Air Force Academy Class of 1959 (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Ned J. Lindsley Ph.D. (within shouting distance of
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2021
3. Troop Carrier Tactical Airlift Monument
this marker); 603d Air Control Squadron (within shouting distance of this marker); Radar Station Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
 
Also see . . .
1. Troop Carrier Groups of World War II. (Submitted on October 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Troop Carriers of World War II (Glines, 1999). (Submitted on October 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia: Tactical Airlift (Bowers, 1983). (Submitted on October 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. USAF Defends C-130 Cuts as Service Looks to Future of Tactical Airlift (Air Force Magazine, 2021). (Submitted on October 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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