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
Enlistment date: 08 December 1941
Deployments: Asia Pacific
Units: 46th Troop Carrier Squadron, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 54th Troop carrier Wing, 5thAir Force
Specialisations: Crew Chief
Qualifications: Aircraft Engineer and Mechanic, Crew Chief Wings
Decorations: Pacific Theater Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal
Discharge Date: 1945
Other Information: Hurshel was born in Cabot, Arkansas in 1923 and grew up during the hardship of the depression. He enlisted on his 18th birthday and was accepted in the Army Air Corps. Some three months after his enlistment, he found himself being shipped out to the Pacific region to join the 46th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 317th Troop Carrier Group who became known as the Jungle Skippers in Port Moresby. Similar to the troop carrier operations in Europe, the Jungle Skippers were involved in transportation operations, evacuations as well as paratrooper operations throughout the war.
Hurshel had a number of close shaves and narrow escapes, one such occasion being when an angry General MacArthur appeared on his aircraft attempting to find out which crew was stealing precious steaks from his personal shipments. Hurshel knew that General MacArthur could not prove who was responsible, and even though he had a Cold .45 pressed against his chest to gain a confession, Hurshel kept quiet and did not own up. MacArthur never ever found out that Hurshel was responsible.
During his time with the 46th Troop Carrier Squadron, Hurshel’s plane dropped parachutist at Nadzab and Corregidor, making mine passes over the drop zone so that they could release their jumpers onto the island.