Revised 7/31/04
INTRODUCTION: The following USAAF Troop Carrier reading and research list is an ongoing project. Many out of print books are available from inter-library loan through your public library, through E-Bay and military book specialty stores. An excellent online search for sources that lists books and sellers is ABE Books at: Suggestions or updates for current listings as well as additional books will be gratefully appreciated. Contained here in are direct links to some full texts online. Feel free to use this list in any publication. To contribute to this reading and research list please contact, Randy Hils, 23 North Shoreline Circle, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433 or . The list will be available and maintained on the WEB at:

Action of the Tiger: The Saga of the 437th Troop Carrier Group
By Frank Guild Jr.
437th TCG history, 177 pages, hardbound, Battery Press
Availability: UK 437th representative Neil Stevens currently working on republishing, contact Neil at: also copy on file at MHI, document # UH10.24.437thT.G85

Airborne Troop Carrier 315 Group
By William L. Brinson, new edition with George Cholewczynski
The original history of the 315th TCG, revised, 2003 with new material, softbound, 300 pages. ISBN 0-9722903-0-3
Availability: Walka, PO Box 56307, New Orleans, LA, 70156 or $25.00 + $3.00 S&H

Airlift Doctrine
By Lt. Col. Charles E. Miller USAF
1988 history of airlift from beginnings to present, 435 pages, Air University Press, Maxwell, AFB
Availability: ?

Albanian Escape: The True Story of U.S. Army Nurses Behind Enemy Lines
By Agnes Jensen Mangerich
As told to Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary L. Neidel, cloth, ISBN 0-8131-2109-4, 256 pages. Downing and escape from behind enemy lines of flight nurses and their TC aircrew.
Availability: Most booksellers, $25.00

An American Glider Pilot's Story
By Gale R. Ammerman
81st Troop Carrier Squadron, 436th TCG. Follow a Glider Pilot's saga from training to Normandy, Arnhem and the Rhine Crossing, 152 pages, w/ photos & documents. Hardcover, ISBN 1-57638-215-X, $39.95, softcover, ISBN 1-57638-214-1,$29.95.
Availability: Merriam Press, 218 Beech St., Bennington, VT, 05201 or or contact Gale Ammerman, 172 Quail Trail, Aliceville, AL, 35442,

A Texan in the CBI: China-Burma-India Theater of War
By Monroe Withers
2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 1993, 59 pages
Availability: On file at MHI, document # D790.15.2ndTC.W58.

Bergstrom Field: Austin, Texas
One of a series of hardbound, yearbook style publications for various USAAF bases. Historical background on the USAAF, Troop Carrier, it's training mission as well as the history and mission of the base. There are hundreds of photos, including all personnel on the base roster at the time of publication. Appears from the text to have been published sometime after Sicily but before Normandy. Army Navy Publishing Company of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA.

The Biscuit Bomber: With the 57th troop Carrier Squadron in the Southwest Pacific Theater
Edited by Capt. John H. Pennock and 2nd Lt. James M. Healy
Title comes from the Aussie nickname for the Troop Carrier units. A theater produced unit history of a Troop Carrier squadron supporting combat operations. Hardcover, 131pages with numerous photos, 1945, by Halstead Press, Sydney, Australia.
Availability: ?

Blackjacks At War: WWII & the 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron
By Major Steven C. Franklin
Interesting 84 page research report w/photos from the Air Command Staff College, Air University. 53rd TCS, 61st TCG
Availability: Full text online at:

Born to fly The Hump, The First Airlift.
By Dr. Carl Frey Constein
Published by 1st Books Library
ISBN# 1-58500-643-2
This is a personal account of the authors 96 round trips in a C-46 from India to across the Himalaya mountains. Published in 2001
Availability: ?

But Never a Soldier
By Robert L. Miley
1987, 385 pages, memoir of service with the 70th TCG
Availability: On file at MHI, document # D790M538

China Airlift - The Hump
Edited by James F. Brewer, Harry Howton and Janet M. Thies
Illustrated history of the Hump Pilots Association in the China, Burma, and India Theater, 596 pages, profusely illustrated, limited edition of 3200, 1980, published by Taylor Publishing Co.
Availability: Check Ebay and online book sellers.

D-Day Gliders
By Philippe Esvelin
Illustrated history of D-Day glider operations, 168 pages, 250 color photos, published by, Editions Heimdal
Availability: Currently listed with the Scholars Bookshelf, 110 Melrich Rd, Cranbury, NJ 08512

D-Day + 60 Years
By Jerome J. McLaughlin
2004, AuthorHouse Publishing, Library of Congress Number 2004090871, 6x9, soft cover, (also available in hardcover), 204 pages with a 76 page appendix, numerous, photos, maps and documents. The story is that of three planes of the 77th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 435th Troop Carrier Group. A three plane flight of C-47's loaded with paratroopers of G Company, 501st Paratroop Infantry Regiment descends into the dark night, a small part of 821 Troop Carrier transports delivering the first blow to Fortress Europe on D-Day. Two are shot down and destroyed the third, piloted by Jesse Harrison makes a valiant run back into the hailstorm of enemy flak and fire that later garners the pilot the Distinguished Flying Cross. Paratroopers who jumped from Harrison's plane and survived were mad as hell for the drop they got. It is McLaughlin's meticulous research that reveals for them the truth of what happened to them decades earlier.
Availability:, Barnes + Noble or Borders (on their websites, or special order through the stores). From the author at, $25.00 for hard copies and $17.00 for soft, including postage and a signature, along with an inscription if requested.) Payment with checks or money orders is fine.

Devils Hill to Groot Linden
By G. Thuring
Story of a lost C-47 of the 441st TCG and 441st losses 9/17/44, 42 pages, published by the Liberation Museum, Groesbeek, Holland
Availability: ?

DZ EUROPE: The Story of the 440th Troop Carrier Group
By Col. Frank X. Krebs
The original and unusual 1946 history, republished 2003, softbound, 204
Availability: Randy Hils, 23 North Shoreline Circle, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433 Book: $24.95 + $3.00 S&H or CD: $12.00 + $3.00 S&H

The 438th Troop Carrier Group in WWII
By Austin J. Buchanan
1990, 78 pages, softbound.
Availability: ?

Fighting Gliders of WWII
By Col. James Mrazek
1977, St. Martin's Press
Availability: ?

Frontline Airline: Troop Carrier Pilot in WWII
By John R. Lester
From basic training through Far East TC operations, softbound.
Availability:, $17.95 + S&H

The Glider Gang: An Eyewitness History of WWII Glider Combat
By Milton Dank
A firsthand account of glider combat with the 439th TCG, 158 pages, w/photos.
Availability: Merriam Press, 218 Beech St., Bennington, VT, 05201 or Hard & softcover, $29.95-$39.95

The Glidermen of Neptune: The American D-Day Glider Attack
By Charles J. Masters
More than 100 mission interviews and photos, 96 pages, soft cover, published by, Southern Illinois.
Availability: Currently listed by the Scholars Bookshelf, 110 Melrich Rd., Cranbury, NJ 08512

The Glider Pilot War at Home and Overseas
By Colin R. Beeson
1997, 257 pages
Availability: On file at MHI, document # D790B43A3.

The Great Snafu Fleet: 1st Combat Cargo/344th Airdrome/326th Troop Carrier Squadron In World War II's CBI Theater"
By Gerald A White Jr.
Excellent history on the formation of Combat Cargo and operations in the CBI Theater as well as the stories of the men who made up these unique squadrons.ISBN: 0-7388-3835-7 (Trade Paperback), ISBN: 0-7388-3834-9 (Hardback) Pages: 276.
Availability: online
XLibris, the publisher, changes prices on a regular basis, right now it's $18.69 (15% off "normal" retail) for paperback and $28.79, 10% off retail for hardback. Note: All royalties in excess of publication costs are assigned to the Air Mobility Command Foundation, Dover AFB, Delaware.

Green Light: A Troop Carrier Squadron's War From Normandy to the Rhine
By Martin Wolfe
WWII history of the 81st TCS, 436th TCG, 498 pages w/photos,
ISBN 0-8122-8143-8
Availability: Currently out of print from the AF Historical Support Office. Try inter-library loan or also available full text online at:

History and Reminisces
By Charles F. Lemons, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret)
A history of the 55th TCS and recounts the history of the 375th TCG from formation to deactivation. The 55th TCS participated in the air assault and glider operations at Nadzab in New Guinea in early 1944. Self published and spiral bound, 145 pages w/photos and rosters.
Availability: Send $12.00 postage paid to: Charles F. Lemons, 3416 Lomas Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 or

Into the Valley: The Untold Story of the USAAF Troop Carrier in WWII
By Col. Charles H. Young
The most comprehensive history of TC currently available, based on the 439th TCG covers general TC history and TC/ Airborne operations in the ETO. Museum quality, hardbound, 615 pages and almost as many photos.
ISBN 0-9647978-0-1
Availability: PRINTCOMM, Inc., Attn: Beverly Martin, 9171 King Arthur Dr.
Dallas, TX 75247, $45.00, S&H: $8.00 or

Little One and His Guardian Angel: One Man's Story of the 440th Troop Carrier Group During WWII
By Charles Everett Bullard
Memoir of a combat TC crew chief with the 98th TCS, 440th TCG. In its review, the American Airborne Association said, "Here's a book that ought to be made into a movie!" Hardbound, 225 pages, w/photos. ISBN 0-944514-75-8
Availability: C.E. Bullard, 1235 Gin Bay Rd., Cameron, SC 29030 or $29.95 + $3.00 S&H

Magneville Ce Jour La'.6 Juin 1944
By Philippe R. Nekrassoff & Eric Brissard
In French, details the loss of plane # 15, 95th Squadron of the 440th TCG on OPERATION NEPTUNE, June 6, 1944 and the subsequent memorial of the TC and Airborne men who perished with the aircraft, the DONNA MAE. A 58 page booklet, English text translation available from DZ Press if not from the authors .Availability: Philippe R. Nekrassoff,

Memoirs of the 440th T. C. Group
By Jim DelaBar
83 pages, booklet, memoir of a 440th enlisted man with much material on the group band, the Serenaders.
Availability: ?

On the Wings of Troop Carriers in WWII
By Robert E. Callahan
Memoir of the 50th TCS from North Africa to Europe, softbound.
Availability: ? Robert E. Callahan, 4507 Spotted Oak Woods, San Antonio, TX 78249-1415 or

Pilot Training Manual for the CG-4A Glider
By Headquarters AAF, Office of Flying Safety
A 1945 AAF Manual No. 50-17, 58 pages copiously illustrated on flight training, care, loading and pick-up of the CG-4A Waco glider. This reprint includes a bonus nine page supplement on the CG-4A glider.
Availability: Randy Hils, 23 North Shoreline Circle, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433 or $16.00 + $3.00 S&H

Pulse and Repulse: Troop Carrier & Airborne Teams in Europe During WWII
By H. Rex Shama
ETO history of Troop Carrier, hardbound, 426 pages w/photos.
ISBN 0-89015-991-2
Availability: available from Eakin Press new.
Listed on, $29.95, check for details.

Ramsbury At War: A Wiltshire Village and its Airfield 1939-1945
By Roger Day
The title says it all, much on the 437th TCG as well, many photos, a highly interesting look at wartime British life. ISBN 0-9536601-0-9
Availability: Contact Roger Day at:

Red Light Green Light Geronimo: A History of the 77th Troop Carrier Squadron, 435th Troop Carrier Group in World War II
By Col. Phillip C. "Pappy" Rawlins
Self-published history, softbound, 176 pages plus appendices, w/photos. Availability: ?

2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, AAF, CBI, WWII
By W.E. Smith
1987, 434 pages
Availability: On file at MHI, document # UH10.252nd YC.S42. and from; Gregath Co., 1997, new, soft cover, signed by editor, operations in CBI, photos, $39.95

Silent Ones, WWII Invasion Glider Test & Experiment, Clinton County Army Airfield, Wilmington, Ohio
By Charles L. Day
The story of the WWII glider testing program, 8.5 X 11, 300 pages, with over 300 images of training, cargo, power and fuel gliders, human and glider snatches, plows, rocket assist acceleration and stopping, mid-air B-29 retrieval tests plus Horsa, Hotspur, Hamlicar, Gotha 242 and more. The people who did the engineering tests and experiments and the place they operated from.
Availability: Softcover $39.95, ISBN 0-9708903-1-1, Hardcover $64.95, ISBN 0-9708903-0-3, $5.00 S&H or $11.00 Priority to Charles L. Day, PO Box 439, Lambertville, MI 48144

Silent Wings: The Saga of the U.S. Army and Marine Combat Glider Pilots During World War II
By Gerard M. Devlin
410 pages w/photos
Availability: ? Try inter-library loan, out of print, Amazon lists used copies for sale.

Silent Wings At War: Combat Gliders in WWII
By John L. Lowden
A history of WWII gliders as told by a 98th TCS, 440th TCG Glider Pilot, 187 Pages w/photos, softbound. ISBN 1-58834-034-1
Availability: In print again, most booksellers, $19.95

Skytrain: Adventures of a Troop Carrier Squadron
By The S-2 Section, 67th troop Carrier Squadron
A theater produced unit history of the 67th Troop carrier Squadron February 10, 1943 - August 10, 1944. Hardcover 252 pages w/ hundreds of photos, maps and drawings. Halstead Press Ltd., Sydney, Australia, 1945.
Availability: ?

313th Troop Carrier Group, 47th Troop Carrier Squadron Historical Diary
By the 47th Troop Carrier Historians
The edited historical diary of the 47th TCS, hardbound, 565 pages w/photos
Availability: ? Try inter-library loan.

32nd Troop Carrier Squadron
By Donald L. van Reken
Airborne Troop Carrier C-47 Squadron, 1942-1945, 204 pages w/photos
Availability: ?

374th Troop Carrier Group 1942-1945
By Edward T. Imparato
Availability: ? Check $58.50 + S&H

The Troop Carrier D-Day Flights
By Lewis Johnston
Troop Carrier pilot and historian Lewis Johnston takes an in-depth look into
the controversy surrounding the history of the troop carrier actions on
D-Day- examining what many historians have missed. Both the book and the disk include a supplement of 21 oral histories of various troop carrier events.
Availability: Published by the Air Mobility Command Museum Foundation w/photos and maps. Available from the AMC Museum, 1301 Heritage Road, Dover AFB, DE 19902-5301 from the Museum's gift shop, and can be purchased for $35.00 including shipping and handling, payable by check, VISA or Master Card. Please call (302) 677-5992, or e-mail

Troop Carrier: 49th Squadron History
By H. Rex Shama
Self published history of the 49th Squadron, 313th Troop Carrier Group, 188 pages, maps and photos. Spiral bound soft cover.
Availability: ?

USAF Historical Study # 74: Airborne Missions in the Mediterranean 1942-1945
By Dr. John C. Warren
Published 1955, USAF Historical Division, 137 pages.
Availability: # K1009, $30.00, AFHRA, 600 Chennault Circle, Bldg 1405, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424
Availability: Sunflower University Press, POB 1009, Manhattan, KS, 66505-1009.
Ph. 1-800-258-1232. net: www.sunflower-univ-press.org28.95 plus
S&H is $4.00 per book on a sliding scale. They do accept credit cards.

USAF Historical Study # 97: Airborne Operations in WWII European Theater
By Dr. John C. Warren
Published 1956, USAF Historical Division, 239 pages.
Availability: # K1011A, $30.00, AFHRA, 600 Chennault Circle, Bldg 1405, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424
Availability: Sunflower University Press, POB 1009, Manhattan, KS, 66505-1009.
Ph. 1-800-258-1232. net: $40.95plus S&H. same info as above. The S&H is $4.00 per book on a sliding scale. They do accept credit cards.

Valor Without Arms:A History of the 316th Troop Carrier Group 1942-1945
By Michael N. Ingrisano, Jr.
Detailed history of the 316th TCG, hardbound, 218 pages. ISBN 1-57638-233-8
Availability: Michael N. Ingrisano, 1839 Rupert St., McLean, VA 22101-5434 or $39.95 + $3.00 S&H

WACO CG-4A Gliders in MARKET Holland, September '44
By G. Thuring
Published 1989, 53 pages, Dutch and English by the Liberation Museum, Groesbeek, Holland
Availability: ?

We Are the 29th! Troop Carrier Squadron-WWII
By Col. Joseph Harkiewicz and Members of the 29th
Compiled history of the 29th TCS, 313th TCG, originally published as a 500 book limited edition, hardbound in 1990, 337 pages, many photos
Availability: Available through inter-library loan.

We'll Find The Way: The History of Hondo Army Air Field During WWII
By Robert D. Thompson
History of Hondo AAF Field and navigators school.
Availability: ?

Wings From Burma to the Himalayas
By John W. Gordon
FICTION, included in this bibliography as it is an excellent story of a TC crew downed behind enemy lines in China. Gordon, a former TC navigator in the CBI gives the reader an excellent insight into TC operations in this theater, hardbound, 263 pages w/photos.
Availability: Contact John W. Gordon, Box 270 G, RD 2, Middleburgh, NY,12122, $15.95 plus S&H.

World War II Army Airborne Troop Carriers
By David Polk
Commemoration history of TC w/ comprehensive listings of groups and squadrons through out the USAAF in all theaters of WWII, hardbound, 120 pages, w/photos. ISBN 1-56311-040-7
Availability: ? Turner Publishing $39.95

World War II Memories and History: 76th Troop Carrier Squadron, 435th Group, 9th Air Force
By Cecil Barnes
1992, 210 pages
Availability: On file at MHI, document # D790.15.76th TC.W67.

Air Force Combat Units of WWII
Edited by Maurer & Maurer
506 pages
Availability: Full text online at:

The Army Air Forces in WWII: Volume 1 - 7
Edited by W.F. Craven & J.L. Cate
Federal document history of the AAF in all theaters by, written by civilian historians to preclude any bias by the AAF, volume 7, Men and Planes runs 807 pages and covers in detail personnel training, programs and selection as well as procurement and aircraft.
Availability: Out of print, available on inter-library loan or online full text at:

The Brereton Diaries
By Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, USA
The diary of the commander of the 9th Air Force and the 1st Allied Airborne Army, 450 pages, hardbound.
Availability: Out of print, try inter-library loan, E-Bay & military booksellers.

Douglas DC-3 and Its Predecessors
By J.M.G. Gradidge
The absolute reference work on the DC-3 and C-47, 697 pages with photos. Includes an exhaustive history on every aircraft through the date of publication, in this case, 1984. Published by Air Britain (Historians) Limited.
Availability: ?

The 9th Air Force in World War II
By Kenn C. Rust
An authoritative history of 9th Air Force, 245 pagesw/ photos, hardcover, ISBN 0-8168-7025, Aero Pubilshers, Inc 1970.
Availability: ?

Out of the Blue: U.S. Army Airborne Operations in World War II
By James A. Huston
1972 monograph on airborne and troop carrier, very good except for the poor research and erroneous conclusions regarding TC pilot training.
ISBN 0-911198-31-8
Availability: Purdue University Press, on the web.

They Also Flew: The Enlisted Pilot Legacy 1912-1942
By Lee Arbon
Comprehensive history of enlisted pilots, 264 pages, softbound, Smithsonian Institution, 1992. ISBN 1-56098-108-3
Availability: ?, check military booksellers or E-Bay.

Support and Strike! A Concise History of the U. S. Ninth Air Force in Europe
By John F. Hamlin
A well rounded history of the 9th AF that covers all units and types of units, many photos, 128 pages. GMS Enterprises, UK 1991
Availability: ?

UK Airfields of the Ninth Air Force: Then and Now
By Roger A. Freeman
The title says it all, an exhaustive work on 9th Air force airfields. Hardcover 256 pages with hundreds of photos. ISBN 0-900913 Battle of Britain Prints International Limited, an After the Battle publication.
Availability: ?

Unit Histories of the United States Airforces
By C.E. Dorrbusch
Troop Carrier, brief lineage and service summaries.
Availability: ?

The USAAF Handbook: 1939-1945
By Martin W. Bowman
General guide to AAF training, uniforms, equipment, casualties and much more, 277 pages w/photos, hardbound, Stackpole Books, 1997, ISBN 0-8117-1822-0
Availability: Most booksellers, $29.95.


Air Force Historical Research Agency
Detailed squadron or group histories, a compilation of official documents on microfilm, can be obtained from Maxwell AFB, they cost about thirty dollars each.
AFHRA,600 Chennault Circle, Bldg 1405, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424

Field Order # 1 Neptune-Bigot
50th Troop Carrier Wing Field Order # 1 for the Normandy Invasion, dated June 2, 1944
Availability: Online at:

US Army Military History Institute Listings

"Air Invasion of Holland: IX Troop Carrier Command Report on Operation Market." Typescript,

1945.     99 p. D763N4A37.

"Blazing the Trail on D-Day." Air Force (Aug 1944): p. 21. Per.
          Pathfinder opns.

Boston, Ronald G. "Doctrine by Default: The Historical Origins of Tactical Airlift." Air Univ Rev      (May-Jun 1983): pp. 64-75. Per.

Command and General Staff School. Employment of Airborne and Troop Carrier Forces. Ft.
     Leavenworth, KS: By the Sch, 1944. 23 p. UD483E47.

Dunn, Ray A. Transcript of interview, 14 Oct 1943. 11 p. D769.345D8.

          Troop carriers, MTO.

U.S. Army Air Forces. "Field Order No 6 for Operation Choler II." Typescript, 23 Mar 1945.
     ca 25 p., charts. D769.345A512.

_____. "Report on Pathfinder Drop and Resupply to 101st A/B Div, Bastogne Area,

     22-27 Dec 1944." Typescript, 7 Jan 1945. 4 p. D769.345A521.

_____. Supply by Air: France, Belgium, Holland. Vol I. n.p., 20 Nov 1944. ca 100 p.
_____. Tactical and Non-Tactical Operations during the Final Phase of the War in Europe, Including
Operation "Varsity." n.p., Jun 1945. 132 p., D769.345A5.

_____. 46th Troop Carrier Squadron. Yamoto: 11th Airborne Division and 5th Air Force: Matsushima
Airdrome, Japan. Atlanta, GA: Albert Love, 1948? 47 p. UH454M37Y35.

_____. IX Troop Carrier Command. "Report of Airborne Pathfinder Operation 'Nuts,'".
     7 Jan 1945. 4 p. D769.345A521.

_____. IX Troop Carrier Command. "Troop Carrier Operational Activities." Photocopy of typescript, 9 Nov 1944. 16 p. D769.345A51.
_____. IX Troop Carrier Pathfinder Group. "Report of Resupply of American Troops in Bastogne      Area." Typescript, 29 Dec 1944. 4 p. D769.345A52.
_____. Air Transport Unit (Green Hornet) Roswell-Kwajalein. n.p., 1946. 23 p.
_____. 12th Air Force. Troop Carrier Operations, 1944. n.p., 1945. D790T76.
_____. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II. Maxwell AFB, AL: USAF Hist Div, Air      Univ, 1969. 841 p. RefColl.