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
Jack W Schlegel
Enlistment date: 30 November 1942 New York
Units: HQ/3rd Battalion , 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Specialisations: Parachutist, Machine Gunner
Qualifications: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Wings
Decorations: EMEA Campaign Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, WWII Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, French Fourrager, Belgian Fourragere
Discharge Date: December 1945
Other Information: Jack was wounded and taken prisoner on D-Day June 6th 1944 and was transported to a French chateau where there was held a further 200 or so prisoners. The next day, he was loaded onto a truck with other prisoners and headed towards St Lo in the canvas covered truck. On the journey, the trucks were strafed by allied aircraft and set on fire. In the chaos of the attack, Jack and another prisoner were able to escape but he was soon recaptured and then forced to walk to St Lo. Wounded, Jack was taken to Hospital for treatment to his wounds and remained there as an interpreter as he spoke German and he wanted to make sure that the other medical prisoners received the best treatment possible.
Jack returned to his unit and eventually participated in the Battle of the Bulge, before entering Germany with the 508th.