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










Samuel H McClellan

 Born:                              09 Apr 1924    Stanberry, Missouri                

Enlistment date:            20 Apr 1943    Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Deployments:                Europe - Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe Campaigns

Units:                             Hq & Hq Co. 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment

Rank:                            Private First Class

Specialisations:             Bandsman, Bass Drum 435

Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge, 4 Overseas Bars

Decorations:                  World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theater Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Unit Badge with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Belgian Fourragere.

 Discharge Date:            27 Dec 1945

 Other Information:      Samuel McClellan entered into military service in 1943 at Fort Leavenworth Kansas straight from 4 years of High School and employment as a sales clerk, shortly after his 19th birthday. He volunteered to join the Parachute Infantry and became a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. He was shipped overseas on 22 November 1943 for the 7 day journey to Britain and the European Theater of Operations. He participated in the invasion of “Fortress Europa” on June 6th, 1944 sustaining wounds on June 11th.  Samuel continued to serve with the 502nd Parachute Infantry throughout the war and was finally returned back to the USA on November 30th 1945. Getting home took rather longer as he arrived back in the USA on December 21st 1945, just in time for Christmas. However, the final processing saw him honourably discharged on December 27th 1945. Samuel returned to his home state where he settled down with his wife and family.