Lady Luck’s Unlucky Day

The 11th Airborne Division need not speculate any longer as the 5th Air Force prepares to move them to Okinawa!

Thanks to the historians of the IHRA, we can now have some answers.


After the atomic bombs were dropped, but before a Japanese surrender had been negotiated, V Bomber Command was busy moving troops and equipment to Okinawa. The 22nd and 43rd bomb groups were also enlisted to ferry troops, as all the C-46s and C-47s were already in use. While the B-24’s potential as a troop carrier may have looked good on paper, the logistics behind turning these bombers into transport aircraft subjected passengers to a potentially deadly situation. The ideal location for extra passengers would have been closer to the tail of the aircraft, but that would make the plane much more difficult to fly. Instead, passengers had to ride on precarious wooden seats installed in the bomb bay.

The 11th Airborne Division was selected to drop onto Atsugi Airdrome as part of the Army of Occupation if the Japanese were to surrender. First, though, they had to be moved from…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on January 19, 2019, in First-hand Accounts, SMITTY, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. What a sad story. Thanks for sharing.<3

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  2. So very sad. But we need to hear about the happenings like this one.
    I always think about how young most of these were and of course my mind and heart always thinks about their loved ones who had to endure and try to live on.
    PS…I hope you are having a good day, GP!

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    • Yes, we do need to know our history, with nothing whitewashed or erased, I agree.
      Florida is cool lately, such a terrific change of pace, it makes me smile every day – brisk and cheerful!!

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  3. Great new information, GP! Good to know. Hope you have a nice Sunday? Thank you, and best wishes, Michael

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  4. I once flew on a C-5 from some Air Force base near San Francisco to the Phillipines. I had a net seat on the wall with a spare jet engine strapped to the floor about an inch from my face. It was miserable! I was supposed to go all the way to Diego Garcia, but I heard my ship was in PI, so I jumped on a bus, contrary to orders.

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  5. wat een gekke bslissing was dat ,mensen in een bommenruimte te plaatsen.Ze zaten dus als rattren in een val

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  6. Very interesting to learn..

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  7. That’s an eye roll 🙄!

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  8. Not what I expected. Ugh…

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  9. That is simply crazy. Brakes? Wow.

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  10. What a tragic story. To die in combat was a chance to take, but an accident caused by brake failure is almost too much to bear. Especially at what was more or less the end of the war. So sad to read.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. That was awful and to think that the war was almost over. Maybe the plane was overloaded. Thank God your father was not on that plane.

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  12. ❤️❤️🌺🌺 Hearts and flowers. I’m still here.

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