434th TROOP CARRIER GROUP
Squadrons of the 434th TCG
71st Troop Carrier Squadron.
72nd Troop Carrier Squadron.
73rd Troop Carrier Squadron.
74th Troop Carrier Squadron.
Assigned 9th AAF:
Alliance AAFld, Neb, 9 Feb 1943
Baer Field, Ind, 5 Sep-Oct 1943
Fulbeck, England, 7 Oct 1943
Welford Park, England, 10 Dec 1943
Aldermaston, England, 3 Mar 1944-12 Feb 1945
Mourmelon-le-Grand, France, Feb-24 Jul 1945
Baer Field, Ind, 4 Aug 1945
Alliance AAFld, Neb, 15 Sep 1945
George Field, Ill, I Oct 1945
Maj Edward F Cullerton, 9 Feb 1943
Lt Col Fred D Stevers, 18 Aug 1943
Col William B Whitacre, 29 Nov 1943
Lt Col Ben A Garland, 17 Dec 1944
Lt Col Frank W Hansley, 15 Sep 1945
Normandy Northern France
Distinguished Unit Citation: France, [6-7] Jun 1944.
French Croix de Guerre with Palm: 6-7 Jun 1944
20-28 Aug 1944. French Fourragere
Constituted as 434th Troop Carrier Group on 30 Jan 1943. Activated
on 9 Feb 1943. Trained with C-47's for opera-tions in Europe with Ninth AF.
Moved to England in Oct 1943 and entered a seven-month training period with
foist Airborne Division in preparation for the invasion of northern France.
Towed gliders carrying troops to Normandy on 6 Jun 1944 and flew follow-up missions
later on D-Day and on 7 Jun to provide reinforcements of troops, vehicles, and
ammunition. Received a DUC and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for action
in the invasion of Normandy. Dropped paratroops in the assault area and towed
gliders with reinforcements during the airborne operation in Holland, 17-25
Sep 1944 Moved to France in Feb 1945 Participated in the airborne assault across
the Rhine, dropping paratroops over the east bank on 24 Mar. In addition to
these airborne operations, the group reinforced ground troops in the St Lo area
during the breakthrough in Jul 1944; provided supplies for Third Army during
its drive across France in Aug, an action for which the group was cited by the
French Government; and resupplied troops at Bastogne in Dec 1944 in the effort
to stop the German offensive in the Ardennes. Also engaged in numerous transport
missions, hauling mail, rations, clothing, and other supplies from England to
bases in France and Germany, and evacuating the Allied wounded. After V-E Day,
transported gasoline to Allied forces in Germany and evacuated prisoners of
war to relocation centers in France and Holland. Returned to the US, Jul-Aug
1945. Trained with C-46's. Inactivated on 31 Jul 1946.
Allotted to the reserve. Activated on 15 Mar 1947. Redesignated
434th Troop Carrier Group (Medium) in Jul 1949. Ordered to active duty on I
May 1951. Assigned to Tactical Air Command. Used C-47 aircraft. Relieved from
active service and inactivated, on 1 Feb 1953o Allotted to the reserve. Activated
on 1 Feb 1953
SQUADRONS. 71st: 1943-1946;1947-1953; 1953- 72d: 1943-1946;
1947-1953; 1953-73d: 1943-1946; 1947-1948, 1949-1953; 1953-1954. 74th: 1943-1946;
1947-I95I. Both: 1948-1949. 81st: 1948-1949.
STATIONS. George Field, Ill, I Oct 1945; Greenville AAB, SC,
z Feb-31 Jul 1946. Stout Field, Ind, 15 Mar 11947; Atterbury AFB, Ind, I Jul
1949 Lawson AFB, Ga, 23 Jan 1952-1 Feb 1953 Atterbury AFB, Ind, I Feb 1953
INSIGNE. Shield: Or, in chief a pair of stylized wings erect
and conjoined azure, between a chevronel reversed gules; issuing from base a
demisphere with land markings azure, longitude and latitude lines argent, thereover
a parachute of the last; the sphere surmounting the apex of the chevronel. (Approved
10 Oct 1952.)