C-47 "Ride-Along"


"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










Douglas C. Dillard

 Born:                             14 Sep 1925               

Enlistment date:            03 Jul 1942

Deployments:                Panama Canal Zone 1942-43, Europe 1944

Units:                             551st Parachute Infantry Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Rank:                            Ranks held from Private to Colonel

Specialisations:             60mm Mortar Man, CW Operator, Communications Sergeant.

Qualifications:              Parachute Badge, Expert Marksman, Combat Infantryman Badge      

Decorations:                  BSM, Presidential Unit Citation, Bronze Star, Army Good Conduct Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, French Croix de Guerre,

Discharge Date:            30 Sep 1977

 Other Information:        Doug joined the 551st PIR aged just 16 years and went with them to Panama before being transferred to Europe. Doug served with the 551st throughout its existence in WWII. Rising through the ranks, he ended WWII as a 1st. Sgt. He went on to have a distinguished military career serving while serving in both the Infantry and Military Intelligence Branches. Combat service included Korea where Doug served with the North Korean partisans and Agents behind the lines. He saw service in Vietnam included two tours one with the MACV Detachment in the Mekong Delta the other as Commander of the Army Intelligence unit for SE Asia.

 Before leaving the 82nd to go to Korea in 1951, Doug qualified as a Master parachutist and Pathfinder.  As an Intelligence Officer he studied the Czech and German languages, in preparation, for duty in Europe.