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53d Troop Carrier Wing
Emblem of the 53d Troop Carrier Wing
Active 1942-1945
Country United States
Branch United States Army Air Forces
Role Troop Carrier/Logistics

The 53d Troop Carrier Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the IX Troop Carrier Command, based at Camp Shanks, New York. It was inactivated on 12 August 1945.

The wing was formed a World War II command and control organization for newly organized troop carrier groups and glider units being trained for overseas deployment to combat theaters. Deployed to England in 1944 and units subsequently engaged in combat operations, carrying Army parachutists and towing gliders during Operation Overlord, Operation Market Garden and Operation Varsity. Also engaged in aerial resupply and casualty evacuation of wounded personnel as well as theater troop transport operations. Operated until V-E Day, then supported occupation units in Germany until fall 1945.





  • Constituted as 53d Troop Carrier Wing On 27 Jul 1942
Activated on 1 Aug 1942
Inactivated on 11 Oct 1945.





PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.

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