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











Spencer F. Wurst

 Born:                             19 December 1924                 

Enlistment date:            19 April 1940              Erie Pennsylvania

Deployments:                Europe

Units:                             112th Infantry Division, 28th Infantry Division; F Co. 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne.

Rank:                            Colonel


Qualifications:              Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Wings

Decorations:                  Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, EAME Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, 1 Silver Campaign star and 1 bronze campaign star, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf cluster, French Fourragere, Dutch Orange Lanyard, Belgian Fourragere

Discharge Date:            April 1975

 Other Information:        Col. Wurst joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1940 at the tender age of 15 years, having lied about his age. After mobilization, he trained with the 112th Infantry, 28th Division before transferring to the newly formed parachute infantry. Aged 18 years, he moved to Europe with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment where he made 3 combat jumps, in Sicily, Normandy and Holland.  For most of his time in combat, Spence was a squad leader in F Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Battalion.  In Holland, Spence was awarded the Silver Star for his courageous role in the battle of the highway bridge in Nijmegen and went on to fight in the Ardennes Battle of the Bulge and Hurtegen Forest before entering Germany itself.  Towards the end of the war, Spence attended Officer’s Candidate Training School and graduated first in his class.

 After the war, Spence returned to the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division as a platoon leader, rising through the ranks to company commander, regimental S-3 until finally he became the Commanding Officer of the 112th Infantry. Following his 35 years of service to his country, in 1975, Spence retired from military service with the rank of Colonel.

 In 1990, Spence was named a “Distinguished member of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment” by the Secretary of the Army, in recognition of his “special place in regimental continuity, tradition and esprit de corps” and was later inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Benning.

Spencer also detailed some of his war time experiences in a book “Descending from the Clouds” the personal memoirs of combat in the 505th Parachute infantry.