C-47 "Ride-Along"

WWIIADT

"Airborne Experience"

We are now able to offer a new "ride-along" Airborne experience. Individuals will be allowed to go "Airborne" along with jump team members on a C47 flight.  Hear and feel what it's like to ride in a WWII vintage aircraft and watch the troops dressed in WWII uniforms and equipment "Stand Up & hook Up".

To learn more about this opportunity contact us at: operations_@_wwiiadt.org


                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frederick A Bahlau

 

Born:                                      30 August 1923                     

Enlistment date:            23 September 1942     Detroit Michigan

Deployments:                Europe -

Units:                             HQ Company 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

Rank:                            1st Lieutenant

Specialisations:             Paratrooper

Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Wings

Decorations:                  Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, EAME Campaign Medal with two Bronze Arrowheads, WWII Victory Medal

Discharge Date:           

 

Other Information:      Fred enlisted in the army at the age of 17 years with the assistance of a military recruiter who was able to convince his mother that he was going to school to study electrical engineering. Fred went first to Georgia to train at Toccoa and then to Fort Benning before being assigned to H Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  By the age of 19 Fred has earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was shipped overseas to England shortly thereafter.

On June 6th 1944 Fred parachuted behind enemy lines where he gathered together soldiers separated from their units and led them to attack a 283 foot bridge three miles east of Carentan. Greatly outnumbered and under heavy enemy fire, Fred and his men forced the enemy to withdraw, allowing for a successful counterattack. Because of these actions Fred was promoted to 1st Sergeant and became one of only eleven men in the entire 101st Airborne Division to receive the Silver Star.

Newly promoted, Fred parachuted into The Netherlands with the 506th PIR on September 17th 1944 in Operation  Market-Garden where he was awarded a second Silver Star on October 6th. Near the small village of Dodewaarde, German forces had broken through thinning American lines and were able to achieve surprise. Despite overwhelming odds, Fred and his men were able to keep the Germans at bay. However, during the firefight the Battalion Commander was ambushed but he managed to escape, leaving several important documents in his overturned jeep. Fred and three other men volunteered to retrieve the documents despite the heavy enemy fire and not only did they achieve their goal, but brought back thirteen German prisoners.

Fred went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne where he earned a battlefield commission to 2nd Lieutenant and was then thirty days later promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Fred would go on to be awarded two Bronze Stars before returning to the United States. With the deactivation of the 101st Division Fred returned to Michigan where he married his childhood sweetheart and took over his fatherís electrical business.