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













John C. Primerano


Born:                             24 Oct 1924               

Enlistment date:            06 Jul 1943                  Arlington MA

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             HQ Co, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

Rank:                            Private First Class

Specialisations:             Wireman, Map Maker

Qualifications:              Sharpshooter M1 Rifle, Combat Infantryman Badge, Communications Radio to Wire.                       

Decorations:                  Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Stars and 1 Arrowhead, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army of Occupation Medal, Belgian Croix de Guerre, French Fourragere,  Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard

Discharge Date:            06 Jan 1946


Other Information:      John enlisted as soon after his High School graduation in June 11, 1943 as he could. During his basic training his father passed away and so he was given special leave to attend the funeral. He later contracted pneumonia which further delayed his training which meant that he was when he had graduated from Fort Benning, GA he moved to Europe in May 1944 where he was given detached service with the 401st Glider Infantry Regiment at Reading, UK. Here he drew and produced Bigot Maps for Operation Overloard until he was able to join his parachute regiment in August 1944. His first combat mission was to The Netherlands where he parachuted near Heeswijk Dinter Castle. He spent 72 days in combat before returning to Mourmelon for rest and refit when The Battle of the Bulge intervened.