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Reinsel, Clair A Served WWII
Served with Army Air Corps during WWII, died in an airplane crash in Sicily on February 24, 1944. 2nd Lieutenant with 12th Troop Carrier Squadron, 60th Troop Carrier Group, flying with C-47s, military version of the DC-3. The tailnumber of his plane was 41-7745, I also have the names of the other crewmembers:
2Lt Robert S. Smith - pilot
Clair Reinsel as co-pilot
2Lt Ivey Rees Jr as navigator
Corporal Nicholas Geekas as radio operator
Corporal John H. Arp as crew chief
Corporal Cliff B. Webb as Assistant Crewchief
since it was an evacuation flight there was a Flight Nurse on board: 2Lt Dorotht May Booth, a medic by the name of William G. Fitzpatrick and another Flight Nurse 2Lt Elizabeth Jane Howren (she as a patient), plus 15 British wounded soldiers being transported to the mainland for treatment.
Constituted as 60th Transport Group on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 1 Dec 1940. Prepared for duty overseas with C-47's. Moved to England in Jun 1942. Redesignated 60th Troop Carrier Group in Jul 1942. Received additional training in England, then assigned to Twelfth AF for operations in the Mediterranean theater. Flew its first mission on 8 Nov 1942, transporting paratroops from England and dropping them at Oran during the early hours of the invasion of North Africa. Operated from bases in Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy until after V-E Day. Participated in the battle for Tunisia, dropping paratroops near the combat area on two occasions. Trained with gliders during Jun 1943, then towed gliders to Syracuse and dropped paratroops behind enemy lines at Catania when the Allies invaded Sicily in Jul. Dropped paratroops at Megava during the airborne invasion of Greece in Oct 1944. When not engaged in airborne operations, the group transported men and supplies and evacuated wounded personnel. Flew to northern Italy in Oct 1943 to drop supplies to men who had escaped from prisoner-of-war camps. Received a DUC for supporting the partisans in the Balkans, Mar-Sep 1944: flew at night, unarmed, over unfamiliar and mountainous enemy territory and landed on small, poorly-constructed airfields to provide guns, ammunition, clothing, food, medical supplies, gas, oil, jeeps, mail, and mules for underground forces in Yugoslavia, Albania, and Greece; evacuated wounded partisans and escaped prisoners; also dropped propaganda leaflets. Moved to Trinidad in Jun 1945 and assigned to Air Transport Command. Inactivated on 31 Jul 1945.