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


                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul D. Hewitt

 Born:                            09 December 1919     

Enlistment date:            13 Jan 1943     Indianapolis, Indiana             

Deployments:                Europe - 05 Sep 1943

Units:                             301 Troop Carrier Command, 441 Troup Carrier Group

Rank:                            T/Sgt.          

Specialisations:             Air Mechanic, AP Power Plant

Qualifications:              Marksman – Rifle, Sub-Machine Gun, Carbine.

Decorations:                  Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, ETO Theater Medal with 3 bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal

Discharge Date:            Jul 1945

 Other Information:      Paul was a Crew Chief on C-47 42-101029 piloted by Captain Tom Keeter of the 301st Troop Carrier Squadron.  Paul took part in all the squadron’s major campaigns in the European Theater, dropping paratroopers of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of 6 June 1944, as well as towing Gliders.

The crew of C-47 42-101029 ready for Operation Market Garden

He also took part in Operation Market Garden dropping paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne’s 508th Parachute Infantry. In addition, he flew re-supply missions to Bastogne and took part in Operation Varsity.

 

C-47 42-101029 “Lady”

Upon his discharge from the service, Paul returned to the family home in Marion Indiana before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he took up a position working for American Airlines. Paul still lives in Tulsa today.

 

Paul with his former Commanding Officer, Lloyd Neblett