Gunster, David James, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1943 - 1968

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
George Washington Memorial Park - Paramus, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
59W 003

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 1945-1946, C-54 Skymaster
From Year
To Year
Personal Memories
Was enlisted Pvt. trained as engine Mechanic on C-54 and B-24 DAFSC was 747
 C-54 Skymaster Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
C-54s began service with the Army Air Forces in 1942, carrying up to 26 passengers. (Later versions carried up to 50 passengers.) The U.S. Navy also acquired the type, under the designation R5D. The C-54 was one of the most commonly used long-range transports by the U.S. armed forces in World War II. 515 C-54s were manufactured in Santa Monica, CA and 655 were manufactured in Chicago, Illinois.

After World War II, the C-54 continued to serve as the primary airlifter of the new United States Air Force and with the United States Navy.

The USAF Strategic Air Command had C-54 Skymasters in service from 1946 through 1975.

Model Douglas C-54A (R5D-1) Skymaster
Length 93.83 ft | 28.60 m
Width 117.49 ft | 35.81 m
Height 27.49 ft | 8.38 m
Engine(s) 4 x Pratt & Whitney E-2000-7 Twin Wasp radial engines generating 1,290hp each.
Empty Weight 37,000 lbs | 16,783 kg
MTOW 62,005 lbs | 28,125 kg
Max Speed 265 mph | 426 km/h | 230 kts
Max Range 3,899 miles | 6,275 km
Ceiling 21,982 ft | 6,700 m | 4.2 miles
Climb Rate Not Available
Hardpoints 0
Armament None.
Accommodations 6 + 86
Operators the United States of America

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Last Updated: Aug 4, 2009
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  20 Also There at This Aircraft:
  • Chappell, Mary H., (1943-1945)
  • Donatello, James, SSgt, (1943-1949)
  • Economos, Christine
  • Gardner, Bronson
  • Rock, Herman, Maj, (1943-1966)
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