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SALUTES THE  PARATROOPERS 
THAT STARTED THE AIRBORNE TRADITION

THE PARATROOPERS OF THE 40'S.


Para 40'sArtist's view ** Enemy's view Para 40's real

ParaOF THE 40'S    C-47 Jumping

WWII Patches

British WWII Wings
We can't forget or omit the British Paras Outstanding Accomplishments
Plus they Jumped without a "BLOODY" reserve!!
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The following list of combat jumps are not intented to be all inclusive of all the combat jumps made during the 40's We only showed jumps that we had pictures of !!
  Following is a much more complete listing of combat jumps from 1942 - 1967:

  W.W.I.I., 1942-45, 15 Operations (Torch, Husky 1, Husky 2, Alamo, Avalanche,
  Overlord, Cyclone, Rugby, Market Garden, Tabletop, Shoestring, Topside, Rescue,
  Varsity, Gypsy) a total of 55,574 Paratroopers

  KOREA, 1950-51, Operations (DZ Easy, DZ William, Tomahawk) a total of 6,830   Paratroopers

  VIETNAM 71, Operations (Junction City) 1700 Paratroopers


THE 509 TH PRCHT BN MADE THE FIRST AMERICA COMBAT JUMP
NOV. 8 , 1942 AT ORAN, NORTH AFRICA


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The first night combat jump 
operation was made by the 82nd

on July 9-10, 1943,  at Gela, Sicily.
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Paratroopers advance cautiously through Sicilian Countryside
The 11th Airborne Div. was the only Airborne Div. to serve in the Pacific
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The 503 rd Prcht Inf. made its 
first jumpon Sept. 5, 1943  at 
Nadzad, New Guinea. Cutting off 20,000 Japs.
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The picture is of the 503 RD's Jump at Corregidor
made on Feb. 17, 1945. 
It gave the 503rd its Nickname the
"ROCK"
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503 rd preparing to Jump in Pacific 
Another view of Corregidor on right
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General Mark Clark congratulates
the 82nd on its victory at Salerno
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Sept 15, 1943 made Amphibious landing
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Paratroopers ride in captured
German Jeep
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Men of the 505th Parachute Reg. moves into Naples Italy
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505 th Prcht Inf. on Oct.  1943
have ground action at Villa Litorno
with assistance of British X Corps
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Paratroopers move through St. Marie on way to make contact with the enemy at Normandy
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504th PIR WWII Patch
Anizo Jan 1 to Apr. 1 , 1944
sent with 509th to hold Beachhead
They Did!!
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Men of the 504th  fights their way across
Mussolini Canal
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Paratroopers Checking Equipment
before Jumping into Holland
On Sept 18, 1944 -the 82nd and 101st Jumped  into Holland. The British were also involved in the Jump
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Ike wishing the 101st good luck on the 
Normandy Jump
The 101st and 82nd on June 5-6 1944"D Day" 
Jumped at Normandy
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The 503 Jumps on
Noemfoor Island July 3, 1944
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Noemfoor Island July 3, 1944 Dutch , New Guinea
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American Paratroopers get Instructions, while on flight to Southern France
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1st Abn. Task Force (18th Corps) on Aug. 16, 1944 Spearheaded an Invasion into Southern France.
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101st Trooper guards Germans as they bury their dead
101st Airborne at Bastogne 20 -26 Dec, 1944
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The 17th Airborne Division  is known for making the famous Rhine crossing Parachute jump on 
March 24, 1945
image A 17th Airborne Division Paratrooper sits by his Parachute while some of the more than 800 Germans captured in the first  hours stand in the background.
The XVIII Div and  British 6th was also involved in the action


Dutch girl and her father wave to members of the 101st who landed
behind German lines.
Sept 18, 1944 - 82nd , 101st and British Paras Jump into Holland and capture bridges and airfields.
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Thousand of Paratroopers drift earthward during the invasion of Holland,  while fighter planes fly over head
The 13th Abn. Div. was formed late
in the war and did not go into 
action as a Div. Although, one
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of it Regiments the famous 517th fought in Italy and spearheaded the invasion of Southern France
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Picture is of Paratroopers near Arnheim , Holland .
Doesn't look like they have fighting on their mind
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11th ABN DIV
Feb 23, 1945 Los Banos Camp
511 ABR Liberated Prisoners
11 Luzon
11th ABN DIV jump into Jap-held territory
Feb 2, 1945  Manila , Luzon
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11th ABN DIV Apr. 1945 Los Negros Islands, Philippines
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11th ABN DIV loading planes to be the first
American forces to enter Japanese homeland
Aug. 3, 1945

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