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


                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James H. “Pee Wee” Martin

 Born:                             29 Apr 1921               

Enlistment date:            25 Jun 1942                Fort Harrison Indiana

Deployments:                Europe - 5 Sep 1943 – 6 Sep 1945

Units:                             G Company 506 PIR, 101st Airborne Division

Rank:                            Private First Class

Specialisations:             Parachutist, Light Mortar

Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Wings

Decorations:                  Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, EAME Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

Discharge Date:            20 September 1945

 Other Information:      Originally from Dayton Ohio, James entered military service in September 1943 as a slight 106lb twenty two year old. Having volunteered for the paratroops, James went through jump school in January 1943 before being shipped to England late that year in preparation for the D-Day invasion of Europe. James was dropped into Normandy, France in June 1944, then near Eindhoven in September 1944 before being driven into Bastogne in December 1944. He began his service with G Company 506th in the USA and ended his service in G Company 506th in Austria having fought his way across Europe and even to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden. When he was discharged in 1945 he weighed only 109lbs and to this day keeps remarkably fit. In 2010 he found himself again under canopy making a tandem parachute jump that celebrates his life.