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











 Douglas W Wilmer

 Born:                             15 April 1921             

Enlistment date:            10 July 1939    Pikesville, Maryland

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             87th Squadron 438th Troop Carrier Group, 314 Squadron 349th Troop Carrier Group

Rank:                            Captain

Specialisations:             Glider Pilot


Decorations:                  EAME Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal

Discharge Date:            February 1948

 Other Information:        Douglas began his military career in as an artilleryman, but in 1941 he applied for enlisted flying school training and started training three weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was halfway through his course when the program was cancelled in 1942 and this caused him to switch to Glider Pilot Training.

 After his training, Douglas was deployed to Europe as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 87th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 438th Troop Carrier Group where he took part in Operation Varsity. He later returned to the US and was reassigned to the 314th Squadron of the 349th Troop Carrier Group based at Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas.

 Douglas commented, “I was in the last 200 GP's shipped over seas.  I had been used to train replacement's.  Hitler had given orders to kill all Prisoners of war, and we were going to land gliders and paratroopers on all POW camps.  We needed 200 more GP's to have enough.  When we were not flying gliders, we flew co-pilot on C-47's, and flew almost every day.  I was flown back to the states to make the Japanese mission, and I got as far as California and the war was over.”

 Since his days as a Glider Pilot, Douglas worked as a salesman for the US Chamber of Commerce, Encyclopedia Britannica, Airkem and the Schering Drug Corporation.

 Douglas last flew a glider in 1946 at an air show in Memphis Tennessee but today plays a very active part in the WWII Glider Pilots Association, keeping the Gilder Pilot’s Stories alive and recording their history.