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TitleGreen Light: A Troop Carrier Squadron's War From Normandy to the Rhine
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Table of Contents
                            Front
Foreword
Preface
Contents
Maps
	1. Husky II Mission, July 11, 1943
	2. The 81st TCS's Routes to England
	3. Operation NEPTUNE, Routes of Troop Carrier Missions
	4. Operation NEPTUNE, Approach and Assault Areas of Airborne Missions
	5. Paratroop Drop of the 101st Airborne Division in Operation NEPTUNE
	6. Operation DRAGOON, Troop Carrier Route
	7. Operation MARKET, Initial Troop Carrier Missions, Sept 17, 1944
	8. Battle of the Bulge, Dec 10-27, 1944
	9. Operation VARSITY, Flight Routes, Mar 24, 1945
	10. Operation VARSITY, Assault Area
1. Starting Up - How to Put a Squadron Together
	Where we all came from
	What's your MOS?
	It was not a summer camp
	Training crews
2. Getting Blooded - Airborne Operations Before Our Time
	Airborne combat begins
	The Germans conquer Crete
	Warming up
	Troop carrier's baptism of fire: North Africa, Sicily, Italy
3. Traveling - On the Road to Our War
	The trip
	It's rough in the ETO!
4. Getting With It - Training and Tourism in the ETO
	Training in England
	Tourists
	Getting to know them
5. Assaulting - To Normandy and Back
	D-Day:A day of revelation
	Securing the base
	This is it!
6. Reinforcing - Our Normandy Glider Mission
	Pre-dawn glider missions
	Operation ELMIRA
	Over LZ "W"-and on it
7. Evaluating - Second Thoughts About Operation NEPTUNE
	NEPTUNE worked
	Troop carrier and NEPTUNE
	Judging the 81st Troop Carrier Squadron's role
	The airborne trooper's view
	Judging ourselves
8. Flying - Plane, Pilots, and Crew
	The C-47
	We were all a little crazy
	Radio operators and crew chiefs
9. Gliding - Our "Glider Guiders"
	Whose "return trip war"?
	Doctrine and training
	Glider pilots and their status
10. Engineering - What It Took to Keep 'Em Flying
	Fly it or junk it
	Our Engineering To
	Party of the first part
	On the glider line
	Morale on the line
11. Commanding - How to Run Combat Operations
	The TO of the TCC
	The Operations Office
	The motor pool
	Communications
	Intelligence
12. Managing - How to Run a Squadron
	The Orderly Room
	Sick Call
	Chow!
	Quartermaster Supply
13. Break Out - The Controversy Over Troop Carrier Freighting Potential
	Fighters or freighters
	Giving Patton the gas
14. Sunning - Italy and the Assault on Southern France
	From Membury to Voltone
	Politics and strategy in Operation DRAGOON
	The missions
	"Champagne campaign"?
15. Market-Gardening - "Airborne Carpet" or "Hell's Highway"?
	Three names
	"A bridge too far"?
	The first two missions
	Was there still a chance?
16. Falling Short - The Tragic Outcome of the Holland Invasion
	An aborted mission
	MARKET-GARDEN falls to pieces
	Did troop carrier fail the test?
17. Reassessing - Glider Potential and Performance
	The Waco and the Horsa
	Assessing the glider's role
	Their critiques and our experiences
18. Re-Supply - The Battle of the Bulge
	A dreaded winter war
	Hitler's Ardennes offensive
19. Camping Out - The French Connection
	Setting up at Meiun
	At home in "Tent City"
	Operations before the Rhine assault
	The first time I saw Paris
20. Supporting Montgomery - Preparations for the Last Assault
	Summitry
	Planning VARSITY
	Prelimminaries at Meiun
21. Storming Germany - The Drop Accross the Rhine
	Our Rhine journey
	Casualty lists
	Hell on the ground
	Assessing VARSITY
22. Cleaning Up - The Final Missions and the Return Home
	Repatriations
	Addin up "points"
	Last missions
	Tag ands
	Splitting up
23. Thinking Back - How It Looks to Us Now
	Judging troop carrier
	"A good outfit"
	How our experiences changed our lives
	Forgotten fields
Appendix 1 - 81st Troop Carrier Squadron Casualties
Appendix 2 - The Roster, Feb 1945
Appendix 3 - Time Line: Airborne History and the 81st TCS
Glossary
Sources
Index
	A
	B
	C
	D
	E
	F
	G
	H
	I-K
	L-M
	N-O
	P
	Q-R
	S
	T
	U-V
	W
	X-Z
                        
Document Text Contents
Page 1

ATroop Carrier Squadron's War
From Normandy to the Rhine

Center for
Air Force
History

Martin Wolfe

1993

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