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May > June for Smitty and the 11th Airborne


One of our favorite blogs, excellent articles, very very good,

Pacific Paratrooper

117th Engineer Battalion, Luzon

The 11th Airborne continued their patrols, mopping up details and training at Lipa, Luzon, P.I.  General Swing had another jump school built that created 1,000 newly qualified paratroopers out of their latest replacements.

The new glider school concentrated on the “snatch pickup” method, whereby a CG-4A Glider on the ground with a towrope and a C-47 with a hook. As the plane goes overhead at an altitude of 15 feet, it snatches up the glider and brings it to 120 mph in a matter of a few seconds. (The noise from the plane, shock and whiplash must have been overwhelming.)

With May drawing to a close and the Japanese Army being pushed to the northeast, the 11th Airborne knew something was brewing, but then Smitty got a surprise.

Brisbane 1945

8 June 1945, Cpl. Everett Smith found himself and four others from the division on…

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2 Responses »

  1. Thank you very much for sharing this with your readers!

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  2. You`re welcome,
    We love you blog, very good blog, thanks for all the stories.
    We are from Portugal and we remember the stories of our war in Africa, Guine-Bissau, Angola, Moçambique, on India, Damão, Diu, also Timor.
    Os melhores cumprimentos,

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