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










 Fred E. Brown

 Born:                             21 Nov 1924   Geneva, Alabama       

Enlistment date:            30 April 1943  Houston Texas

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             E Company, 460th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team 17th Airborne Division and 13th Airborne Division.

Rank:                            Staff Sergeant

Specialisations:             Parachutist

Qualifications:              Parachutist Wings

Decorations:                  Bronze Star, Air medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars and 1 Bronze Arrowhead, WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal, French Croix de Guerre with star, Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm.

Discharge Date:            18 Oct 1945 

Other Information:        Fred volunteered for parachute duty while at Fort Sam Huston, Texas in March 1943 and was subsequently sent to Toccoa and Camp Mackall where the 17th Airborne Division was being formed. After jump school and while on the Tennessee Manoeuvres he was transferred from the 17th Airborne Division to the 517th Regimental Combat Team prior to their overseas move to Europe. 

Fred served with the 517th RCT attached to the 36th Infantry Division in Italy and spearheaded the airborne assault of southern France in Operation Dragoon. The 517th spent 90 days in the Maritime Alps keeping the German Army away from the flank of the army advancing on the Rhone River Valley, before being moved into the Battle of the Bulge to help hold up the advancing German forces desperate to reach Antwerp. The 517th fought with so many different units they became labelled the “Fire Brigade of Europe”. 

In August 1945 Fred found himself on a troop ship headed for Japan but by the grace of God and the deployment of the Atom Bomb the war came to an end before he arrived.

 Fred brown is pictured on the left wearing the beret.