As a Captain in the Army Air Corps, Foster R. Renwick piloted a C-47 (DC-3) for the 314th Troop Carrier Division. Two hours prior to the initial beach invasion of Normandy on D-Day, his squadron flew the 82nd Airborne to Sainte-Mère-Église, France. It was the first liberated town in France.
Renwick enlisted in the Army Air Corps in Minneapolis. He went on to flight school in Texas and served in the North African, Italian, French, and Belgian theaters. In the subsequent days following the Normandy invasion, he flew supplies to France and brought wounded soldiers back to England.
John Renwick still has his father’s medals in a shadow box, and original letter from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower about the D-Day deployment and several other interesting artifacts.