he'd been in the CCCs, then enlisted in the Army in 1937, was a radio mechanic, but went officer and became a navigator..
When his plane was shot down, he was injured pretty bad, and had a glass eye the rest of his life. When he got out of the hospital, he taught navigation and math to the new guys who we're going to be doing that job in the Army.
image from https://www.historynet.com/aviation-history-interview-with-world-war-ii-c-47-pilot-russell-chandler.htm where you can read a C 47 pilot tell how he was flying the 82nd airborne into France
His plane crashed near Saint Mere Eglise after D Day, and that means he was likely in the 313th Troop Carrier Group carrying troops of the 82nd Airborne Division, as he was on a C-47.The 313th moved to North Africa, in Apr-May 1943, and was assigned to Twelfth AF.
Resumed transport activities in the theater until Feb 1944, and then joined Ninth AF in England. Prepared for the invasion of France and on D-Day 1944, released paratroops near Picauville; dropped reinforcements over the same area on 7 Jun. http://www.americanairmuseum.com/unit/261