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C-47 Skytrain 42-92847 'That's All Brother' of 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 9th AF. Lead ship of Mission Albany the air dropping of 6600 US paratroops into Normandy, France on the eve of D-Day.

The photo shows some of the paratroopers wearing helmets covered with fabric scrim strips for camouflage. The soldier in the bottom right hand corner is carrying his reserve parachute on his upper chest or "rezzie" and below that is his musette pack which was very loved by airborne, tankers, officers, marines and any soldier that could find one. They were better than the M1928 haversack which was standard issue for the infantry where the entrenching tool "spade" was attached to it and couldn't be used with a parachute and was very uncomfortable sitting down in an aircraft or apc "armored personnel carrier" because the entrenching tool shaft would dig into your back.

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  • 42-92847 'That's All Brother'

    C-47 Skytrain
    Lead aircraft of Mission Albany the US airborne drop on the eve of D-Day. Led 432 aircraft dropping 6,600 paratroopers behind enemy lines on the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy. ...

Locations

  • Greenham Common

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1942 as an Operational Training Unit, it was handed over to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, and was the 51st Troop Carrier Wing's HQ in 1942. Greenham Common became a Ninth Air Force base in 1943, and was then home to a series of...

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Date Contributor Update
14 July 2017 13:46:39 mattattack Changes to caption
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Date Contributor Update
22 June 2015 21:25:50 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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USAAF Video still.

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