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










 Donald I Jakeway

 Born:                             16 January 1923       

Enlistment date:            30 November 1942     Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             H Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division

Rank:                            Sergeant

Specialisations:             Parachutist

Qualifications:              Parachute Wings

Decorations:                  Bronze Star, EAME Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead and two Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster 

Discharge Date:            August 1945

Other Information:        Don Jakeway enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18 in October 1942, the same year that he graduated from high school.  Don volunteered for the paratroopers and after initial training at Camp Toccoa, he was sent to Camp Blanding where the 508th had been activated.  After jump training at Ft. Benning, he and the rest of the 508th were sent to Europe where they jumped into history. Don jumped with the 508th into Normandy and again in The Netherlands where he was wounded. He was back with his unit for the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded once again.

 Don recorded some of his memories on video and you can get to see this by clicking on the link below.


 Don returned home after the war and wrote a book about his exploits and those of the 508th. The book is called Paratroopers-Do or Die and can be found at Amazon.com