View Full Version : Memorial at Carrantohill Mountain, Rep of Ireland
The oval plaque says, Douglas C-47 Skytrain---- Crashed near here 17 December 194? The square plaque lists three 2nd Lts and two Sgts. This was sent to me about 10 years from someone? I think it says on the reverse Clona Kilty??
The crash took place on 17.12.1943 and it was as you say a Skytrain. The serial
no. 43-30719 which you can just make out on the plaque. Sadly all five on board died. The
crash happened during a severe sleet and hail showers near the summit of Carrantohill Mountain, (the highest peak in Ireland) in the MacGillycuddys Reeks mountain range SW of Killarney Co Kerry. The crash went unnoticed for seven weeks because it was thought it
had come down in the ocean.
A bit more info
Air Transport Command, (437 TCG ?) Knocknapeasta , MacGilliguddy Reeks
2/Lt John L. SCHARF O-681710+
2/Lt Lawrence E. GOODIN O-687126
2/Lt Frederick Vincent BROSSARD O-814018
S/Sgt Wesley T. HOLSTLAW 39111879
Sgt Arthur A SCHWARTZ 33289542
Bodies were interred in New Cemetery, Kilkenny. They were removed to the UK on June 9th. A plaque now exists at base of peak and also on the mountain side.
ABMC site lists Goodin & Scharf under 63rd TCG, the US based training unit.
Evidently the 437 TCG didn't arrive in the UK until 21.1.44 (Balderton) Source: John Hamlin's Support and Strike.
Clona Kilty is Clonakilty - 40 miles west of Cork. Home of Twomey's black pudding - the very best in Ireland :)
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