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51st Troop Carrier Squadron

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Active  1942-1946
Country  United States
51st Troop Carrier Squadron
Branch  United States Air Force

The 51st Troop Carrier Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the Naples Air Force General Depot, based at Naples, Italy. It was inactivated on 9 March 1946.



Activated in June 1942 as a I Troop Carrier Command C-47 Skytrain troop carrier squadron, trained in the United States until being deployed to England. Assigned to VIII Air Support Command, Eighth Air Force in October 1942.

Trained briefly in England until the Operation Torch landings in North Africa during November 1942. Was reassigned to Twelfth Air Force and transferred to Tafaraoui Airfield, Algeria on 15 November 1942. The squadron's aircraft flew supplies to front-line units in Algeria and Tunisia during the North African Campaign as soon as suitable landing strips were available and evacuated casualties back to rear area field hospitals.

Squadron engaged in combat operations, dropping airborne units into Sicily during the Operation Husky invasion and later into areas around Anzio, Italy as part of Operation Shingle, the invasion of mainland Italy and the initiation of the Italian Campaign, January 1944. Moved north though Italy, 1944-1945 in support of Allied ground forces, evacuated wounded personnel and flew missions behind enemy lines in Italy and the Balkans to haul guns, ammunition, food, clothing, medical supplies, and other materials to the partisans and to drop propaganda leaflets.

Participated in the airborne assault of Southern France, August 1944, dropping airborne forces into the Rhone Valley. With the end of combat in May, 1945, aided in the redeployment of personnel after the war and also hauled freight and mail. Personnel demobilized in Italy on 14 November 1945 and placed in non-operational status, inactivated as an administrative unit in March 1946.

Operations and Decorations

  • Combat Operations: Included airborne assaults on Sicily and Southern France, support of partisans in Northern Italy and the Balkans, and transportation of personnel and supplies in MTO.
  • Campaigns: Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Amo; Southern France; North Apennines; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.
  • Lineage

  • Constituted as the 51st Transport Squadron on 30 May 1942
  • Activated on 1 June 1942 Re-designated 51st Troop Carrier Squadron on 4 July 1942 Inactivated on 9 March 1946


  • 62d Transport (later Troop Carrier) Group, 1 June 1942
  • Naples Air Force General Depot, 14 November 1945 – 9 March 1946 (nonoperational after 14 Nov 1945)
  • Aircraft

  • C-47 Skytrain, 1942-1946
  • References

    51st Troop Carrier Squadron Wikipedia

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