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


                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard W “Dick” Mote

 

Born:                             20 January 1925                     

Enlistment date:            30 June 1943               Indianapolis, Indiana

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             A Battery, 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division

Rank:                            Tech Sergeant

Specialisations:             Gun Mechanic, Parachutist

Qualifications:              Parachute Wings

Decorations:                 

Discharge Date:            December 1945

Other Information:      In February 1944 after artillery training at Fort Bragg, Dick shipped overseas as a gun mechanic for the 75mm Pack Howitzer.  In England he joined the 82nd Airborne Division’s 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion.

 Dick’s first combat mission was Operation Overlord and found himself wading ashore on Utah Beach on D-Day 1944. Three months later he participate in his first combat jump on Operation Market as the 456th supported the 82nd Airborne’s operations in the Netherlands.

 As World War II came to an end, Dick was alongside the River Elbe waiting to greet Russian troops heading westwards. Later his unit was taken to visit a German death camp, which had a profound impact on him.

 After the war, Dick returned to Indiana to resume his life, and attended Canterbury College and Butler University under the GI bill. He was discharged in December 1945 and entered the Army as a fresh-faced teenager. He returned to civilian life mature beyond my 21 years, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. He gives thanks to God by attending Mass as often as possible, by donating blood, by joining my neighborhood association, by being active in military meetings and reunions. He even formed a Crime Watch block club. His half-hour of horror in the death camp made him determined to become a pro-life activist, rescuing and praying for the innocent unborn and their mothers.