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










Raymond P. Nagell JR.

 Born:                             09 February 1922                Minneapolis, MN       

Enlistment date:            29 December 1942                  Fort Snelling, MN    

Deployments:                Europe - 05 Sep 1943

Units:                             Battery B , 321st Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 101st Airborne Division

Rank:                            Private First Class

Specialisations:             Gunner

Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge

Decorations:                  World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars and 2 Bronze Arrowheads, Presidential Unit Citation, Bronze Star Medal , French Croix de Guerre, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard

Discharge Date:            19 October 1945                     Camp Grant, IL

 Other Information:         The above photo of Ray was taken in England in 1943. At the time, Ray was billeted is the horse stalls Watcome Farm near Newbury, Berkshire. On D-Day 6th June 1944, Ray’s glider battery was destined not to fly into Normandy, but to land on the beaches. He originally considered to be a far better option that landing by glider, but as it turned out, he was sadly mistaken. Ray later landed by glider as part of the 101st mission in Operation Market Garden and was also trucked into Bastogne. He has the unique experience of participating in all three of the 101st Airborne’s major WWII campaigns and was delivered to each by a different method. truck, landing craft and glider.