Douglas C-47A 42-93038 of the 441st TCG, USAAF, flew into the cliffs in Cairngarroch Bay near Portpatrick on the 27th July 1944
|Galen R. Hendricks||1st Lieutenant||Pilot||Killed|
|Raymond Hutchings||2nd Lieutenant||Co-pilot||Killed|
|Dan Willard Meshew||Flight Officer||3rd Pilot||Killed|
|Leon Julius Tully||2nd Lieutenant||Navigator||Killed|
|Jay V Alcorn||Sergeant||Radio Operator||Killed|
|Merl William Skinner||Staff Sergeant||Crew Chief||Killed|
|Irving I. Shure||Major US Army||Attending Physician||Killed|
|Mary Edith Jackley||2nd Lieutenant||Nurse||Killed|
|John Henry Salmi||T/3||Medical Attendant||Killed|
|John Wilbur Ingram||2nd Lieutenant US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Theron S. Ward||2nd Lieutenant US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Ernest Howard Corvin||Sergeant US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Billy G. Morris||Sergeant US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Elmer F. Lauf||Corporal US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|James D. Green||Private First Class US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Keith Glenn Lowdermilk||Private First Class US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Marcus Saspochnikoff||Private First Class US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|James E. W. Ayers||Private US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Edmund Leroy Davis||Private US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Donald R. Hammerstrom||Private US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Jack F. Sheidler||Private US Army||Passenger||Killed|
|Samuel Gilmour||Leading Aircraftman RAFVR||Passenger||Killed|
The aircraft had taken off, along with a second C-47, from its home station of Merryfield, 8 miles SE of Taunton in Somerset, and had flown to Filton on the edge of Bristol where both aircraft took on injured US military service personnel from various units returned from Normandy and accompanying medical staff. In addition a single RAF airman had boarded 42-93038, he was returning home to Ayrshire on leave. Once loading was complete the two aircraft took off from Filton bound for Prestwick.
The injured soldiers were going to be taken back to the US, probably by sea in a convoy leaving from the Clyde.
At the time the two C-47s arrived at the northern end of the Irish Sea a dense fog hung over the area around the Mull of Galloway which obscured all of the coastal features, including the 200ft high cliffs which 42-93038 flew into above the beach in Cairngarroch Bay to the south of Portpatrick. The second aircraft had also come very close to crashing into the cliffs and landed RAF West Freugh.
Nine of the American personnel were buried at the American Military Cemetery near Cambridge.
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