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


                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George E. Wilson 

Born:                             08 June 1922                                       Wilson, OK    

Enlistment date:            09 Sep 1943

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             Battery A, 321 Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 101st Airborne

Rank:                            Private First Class

Specialisations:             Gliderman, Artilleryman

Qualifications:             

Decorations:                  European Theater Medal with 1 bronze arrowhead and 4 bronze stars, Distinguished Unit Badge, Belgian Fouragere, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal

Discharge Date:            18 Dec 1948

 Other Information:        George underwent his basic training at Camp Roberts, California which lasted for 17 weeks before he moved to Fort Meade, Maryland.

 He sustained injuries to both ears from the explosive power of the 155mm Howitzers. After spending many days in hospital during his stay at Fort Meade, he was finally on his way overseas, travelling form Boston on the US Wakefield to England.

 

Arriving safely, he transferred to Whatcombe Farm, Oxfordshire to find that the 101st Division had been deployed to Normandy and then a 2 month period of extensive training began as he waited for the division to return. Soon preparations for the invasion of The Netherlands began in earnest and in early September 1944 the 101st were again alerted to and transferred to assembly areas for departure. Georgeís glider departed on 19th September at 12:35pm and headed for the Dutch landing zones. Safely landing George was soon operating his 75mm Howitzer in support of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 327th Glider Infantry. Here began 2 months of tough fighting before the Battalion pulled out and headed for Camp Mourmelon on 24th November 1944 for re-equipping and the addition of replacements. However, the break was short and the German Bulge offensive saw George back in action.

With the rest of the Division, George was trucked into the area of Bastogne where his group set up their guns approximately 1 mile northwest of the town with orders to hold at all costs. And hold they did despite the cold, lack of food and ammunition until finally the 101st Division was relieved on 19th January 1945 and moved to Lorraine, France, a somewhat quieter part of the front where they remained until the spring of 1945 when they were once more relieved and returned to the base in France. The 101st Division was recognized again for their actions in Bastogne and awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for their action.

In late April 1945, the 321st were on the move again, this time into Germany itself where George too up positions near Landsberg, Germany where he witnessed first hand the Nazi Death Camps before moving to the heart of Nazi Germany at Berchtesgaden and Hitlerís Eagleís Nest. And it was here and in the Austrian Alps where the 321st finally received notification that the Germans had finally surrendered and the war was over.

 Returning to France, the long wait for discharge began and the points system that was in operation dictated when that would be. George had to wait his turn and finally found himself at Camp Fannon, Texas where on 18th December 1945 he was finally discharged and returned to his home near Duncan, Oklahoma.