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










 Merlin Shennum

 Born:                             21 December 1920                  Ronan, Montana

Enlistment date:            25 August 1942                      Missoula, Montana

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             F Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

Rank:                            Staff Sergeant

Specialisations:             Squad Leader, Parachutist

Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge. Parachute Wings

Decorations:                  Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, Presidential Unit Citation

Discharge Date:            23 Sep 1945

 Other Information:        An Army recruiter offered Merlin Shennum Airborne or unassigned. "I'll take Airborne, I told him," he says. "I had no idea what I was in for." He arrived in England with the 101st Airborne nine months before D-Day. On June 5, 1944, Shennum parachuted into Nazi-occupied France near Sainte-Mère-Eglise and had many close calls. On Sept. 17, 1944, he jumped as part of Operation Market Garden and was in the Netherlands for 70days, sleeping on the ground and eating canned bully beef. In December 1944, he dug in at freezing Bastogne, Belgium. "I am honored we are able to live in this country and have the things we have.