close formation air-to-air photograph was taken by 1st
Lt. John M. Jones. It is one of many photographs in Lt.
of his experiences with the 71st TCS during WW II. Visit
the 'In their Own Words' page
for Lt. Jones' autobiography.
"The 71st was on
a day cargo supply mission, possibly a flight of 9
C-47s. I was
flying Co-Pilot with either
Capt. Reeves or Lt. Stover as Pilot in lead plane of an element,
so it was probably a flight from England to France. I do
not know who was flying “C” Charlie, as various
pilots and co-pilots flew all of the squadron’s planes,
except when the assigned pilot/co-pilot flew their own plane.
The squadron had about twice the number of pilots/co-pilots