- Posted June 6, 2014 by
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your World War II memorabilia
Lt. Col Jack E Downhill's flight crew 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron for the D-Day Invasion
My father Lt. Col. Jack E Downhill was the Captain on the #2 plane in the 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron on the D-Day Invasion. That meant if anything happened to the #1 plane with Commander Stiles, my father would have lead the Squadron on their mission to drop paratroopers on St Mere Eglise France. My Dad is the one standing in the doorway of his plane with his crew... His crew chief Chester "Chet" Ross is the one standing on the right. He and my father are two of the three remaining members of his Squadron still alive.. I wish my father and I had been able to make it to Normandy for the 70th D-Day invasion Anniversary celebrations. He is now 92 and in good health.. His mind is still as sharp as a tack. I am so blessed and so appreciative to have such a wonderful father.
My dad continued in the military for 28 years.He also flew in Vietnam. He graduated from MIT with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He has been the best example of integrity,dignity, and honesty that anyone can imagine. I am so fortunate that he wanted to retire in Southern California..What a wonderful place to grow up. We were also afforded all the opportunities. My dad must be so proud of his children, I am a Veterinarian and my brother is a Doctor. I also have a sister who designs tools for the military and my other sister is a nurse..Thanks Dad. .