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










 Robert D Franco

 Born:                             April 1914                  

Enlistment date:           

Deployments:                Africa, Europe

Units:                             Medical Unit, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division

Rank:                            Captain                  

Specialisations:             Medic

Qualifications:              Combat Medic Badge

Decorations:                  Silver Star, Bronze Star, EAME Campaign Medal, Purple Heart, Soldiers Medal for Valor

Discharge Date:           

Other Information:      On June 6, 1944, Robert parachuted into Normandy at 1 a.m. at the start of the invasion. He was aboard a C-47 aircraft with 20 other men of the Army’s 505th Parachute Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, where he parachuted into Sainte-Mere-Eglise west of Utah Beach. In total, Robert was credited with four combat jumps in Sicily on June 9, 1943; at Salerno, Italy, on Sept. 14, 1943; and at Nijmegen, Holland, on Sept. 17, 1944. On June 27, 1944, he was wounded by an artillery shell while treating wounded paratroopers and he was awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart and the Soldier’s Medal for Valor after rescuing a soldier who was hurt when an ammunition truck explode.