Biggs, Cecil Willard, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1051-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1944, M 1051, 315th Troop Carrier Group
Service Years
1942 - 1944
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Date
Sep 21, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
Troop Carrier Units8th Air Force315th Troop Carrier Group
  1944-1944, M 1051, 309th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1944-1944, M 1051, 8th Air Force
  1944-1944, M 1051, 315th Troop Carrier Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
Texas Tech University
  1939-1941, Texas Tech University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1944-1944, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
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Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Biggs served with the 309th Troop Carrier Squadron, 315th Troop Carrier Group, 8th Army Air Force. The unit was based at RAF Spanhoe (Army Air Force Station 493), based near Uppingham, Northamptonshire, England. On 21 September 1944, he was aboard a C-47A (tail number 42-93029) crewed by five AAF airmen. The aircraft was delivering 16 Polish paratroopers to a drop zone south of Arnhem, Holland, in support of “Operation Market Garden.”

Soon after departing the drop zone, the plane was observed to be on fire beneath the pilot compartment. It crashed, burst into flames and there were no survivors. The Germans opened the dikes in the region where the plane crashed and flooded the area before any remains could be recovered. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 10135

AAF Crew:
TSgt Russell W. Abendschoen (Crew Chief)
1st Lt. Cecil W. Biggs (Pilot)
SSgt George G. Herbst (Radio Operator)
2nd Lt. William L. Pearce (Co-Pilot)
2nd Lt. Thomas R. Yenner (Navigator)

The remains were interred in Arlington National Cemetery and other locations in July 2007. Some of the remains were discovered by Dutch citizens following the War, buried. They were re-interred in 1950 in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Kentucky in a single mass grave until more remains were discovered in 1994.

He was eventually interred in Salem Cemetery, Freestone, Texas in 2007.

Biggs was the only son of Ben and Mary Ann Biggs, graduated Mexia High School in 1935 was a native of Freestone Community area and was an engineering student at Texas Tech University when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941.

"His nickname was 'Ace.' He was very smart. He never opened a book to study, but he always managed to make straight A's." At the time of his death, Biggs had a wife, Nan, and a 18 month-old son Bill, Mary Nan Manning, whose parents just happened to operate an airport in Mexia, and were living with Mrs. Bigg's parents in College Station. Because Lt. Biggs was an only son, he had to receive his parent's permission to enlist in the military. After completing flight school, the pilot as assigned to RAF Spanhoe Airfield in England and became the personal pilot for Gen. Mark Clark. He wanted to get into combat and was able to wrangle a transfer from general's aide to fly the transport"

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