Group COs Lt Col Samuel C Eaton Jr. 1 Dec 1940 Capt Arthur L. Logan 16 May 1941 Lt Col. Russell L Maughan 28 Jul 1941 Lt Col A. J. Cerwin Malone 15 Apr 1942 Lt Col TJ Schofield 11 Oct 1942 Lt Col Julius A Kolb 2 Dec 1942 Lt Col Frederick H. Sherwood 29 Mar 1943 Col Clarence J Galligan 26 Jul 1943 Lt Col Kenneth W Holbert 8 Dec 1944 Lt. Col Charles A Gibson Jr. 11 Jan 1945-unk
First Mission: 8 Nov 1942 Awards: Distinguised Unit Citation Early History: Activated 1 Dec. 1940 at Olmsted Fd, Pa. Moved Westover Fd, Mass. May 41 and remained there until movement to UK Jun. 42. Flew northern ferry route. 53 a/c on hand on 28 Jul. 42. Trained with paratroopers for North African landings. Dropped entire 2 Bt. 503 Para. Inf. Regiment on 16 Sep. 42. Assigned 12AF 14 Sep. 42. First mission carrying paratroopers to North Africa 7 Nov. 42, flying from St. Eval and Predannack. Served in Mediterranean theatre during remainder of war. Inactivated Trinidad Jul. 45.
DRB HISTORIC NOTE: In the above paragraph reference is made to 2 Bn 503rd.This was the designation of the outfit that jumped in North Africa.It is important to understand that 2/503 was redesignated as the 509th PIB--while the unit was actually flying to N. Africa.All history of 2/503 as relates to North Africa will be found in histories of the 509th PIB.
The 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment as an entity served in the South Pacific as part of the 11th Airborne.They are two completely different organiations.--DRB
Subsequent History: Activated again in 1946 and served in Europe until 1960 flying C-47 (1946), C-82 (49) and C-119 (53). Established as MAC transport wing in mid-nineteen sixties.
From AirPower Museum website: Troop Carrier Statistics: Operation Carpetbaggers By the end of 1944, Operation Carpetbaggers had flown 1,860 missions, dropped 131,669 containers and packages of supplies, and 1,000 agents behind enemy lines. From April 1944 to April 1945, about 19,000 people were airlifted out from behind enemy lines in the Balkans during covert operations. The 60th Troop Carrier Group executed half of these missions using Douglas C- 47 Skytrains.
1944, March 27 - Sept. 15: U.S. Air Supply Missions, Flown by 60th Troop Carrier Group: 34 crew members are lost in action.
Your father's unit appears to have a VERY interesting history---unusual as it was assigned to the 8th AF, and more so as it operated in the Balkans which was largely an OSS operation.