The 61st, 314th, and 315th Troop Carrier Groups were the only US Groups to fly sorties to Arnhem, carrying parachutists.

 

Wing HQ

Commander : Brigadier-General Harold Clark

 

Based at RAF Cottesmore.

 

61st Troop Carrier Group

Commander : Colonel Willis Mitchell

 

Based at Barkston Heath. Consisted of 14th (3I), 15th (Y9), 53rd (3A), and 59th (X5) Troop Carrier Squadrons. Flew 71 C-47 sorties - carrying 1,166 British parachute troops on the First Lift.

Aircraft lost: 0    Men killed: 0    Captured: 0    Evacuated: 0

 

314th Troop Carrier Group

Commander : Colonel Clayton Styles

 

Based at Saltby. Consisted of 32nd (S2), 50th (2R), 61st (Q9) and 62nd (E5) Troop Carrier Squadrons. Flew 198 C-47 and 6 C-53 sorties - carrying 2,330 British and 604 Polish parachute troops on the First and Second Lifts, and the Third Lift to Driel.

Aircraft lost: 4    Men killed: 15    Captured: 1    Evacuated: 4

 

315th Troop Carrier Group

Commander : Colonel Hamish McLelland

 

Based at Spanhoe. Consisted of 34th (NM), 43rd (UA), 309th (M6), and 310th (4A) Troop Carrier Squadrons. Flew 109 C-47 sorties - carrying 902 British and 964 Polish parachute troops on the First and Second Lifts, and the Third Lift to Driel.

Aircraft lost: 7    Men killed: 12    Captured: 2    Evacuated: 19

 

 

Carrier Groups Not Used At Arnhem

 

313th Troop Carrier Group

Commander : Colonel James Roberts Jnr

 

Based at Folkingham. Consisted of the 29th (Z7), 47th (N3), 48th (5X), and 49th (HZ) Troop Carrier Squadrons.

 

316th Troop Carrier Group

Commander : Colonel Harvey Berger

 

Based at Cottesmore. Consisted of the 36th (6E), 37th (W7), 44th (4C), and 45th (T3) Troop Carrier Squadrons.