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THE CO-PILOT (page 8)

Cartwright, Magleby, Farris and DeLuca jumped from ship to ship and arrived back at Saltby on D-Plus 4.

Capt. Charles S. Cartwright was awarded the DFC, the other 43 officers and 36 enlisted men on the D-Day flight received the Air Medal and a few also were presented the Purple Heart.

One member of the 62nd was to receive a separate award - a first and only such award ever earned by any Troop Carrier pilot. Lt. Donald A. Broaddus, leading the last element of the squadron, dropped his load of 508th paratroopers including Sgt. John Agee and PFC James E. Able, accurately on DZ, salvoed his load of para-bundles and then with utter disregard for his own safety, rammed all engine controls forward to the full extent of travel. This action resulted in never-before-known speed by a C-47. Lt. Broaddus also ignored the prescribed return route and took a more hazardous direct line flight to Saltby Army Air Base and arrived a full thirty-two minutes before the rest of the squadron. For this display of pilot skill, determination, fortitude, gallantry and extraordinary heroism, Lieutenant Donald A. Broaddus, USAAF, was awarded the ORDER OF THE SPEARHEAD
 

 

Lt Donald A. Broaddus being congratulated for receiving the ORDER OF THE SPEARHEAD, by Major Arthur E. Tappan, Commanding Officer, 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron, Saltby Army Air Base, 7 July 1944.

 

 

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