• In this chapter, you'll find anonymous 17th Airborne troopers who need an identification. All help will be greatly appreciated !

     

     

     

    Who know this 17th Airborne trooper ? 

    This picture comes from an unidentified 17th Airborne photo album (may be 194th GIR). It was realized in Germany, at the end of the war in Europe. May be somebody will can give me info on this man ?

     

     

     

    Who know this 17th Airborne trooper ? 

    This picture comes from an unidentified 17th Airborne photo album but I am sure the man was member of the 513th PIR. It was realized in a boat, most probably during the return to States, after the end of the war in Europe. All info on this man will be greatly appreciate !

     

     

      

    Who know this trooper ? 

    I have recently acquired two pictures from this soldier who seemingly was member of the 507th PIR. The only info writing on the pic is "Eddie WELCH". After having made some researches, I have found a Edmund E WELCH in the 17th Airborne Roster (507th PIR) but I am not able to confirm it is the same man. All info on this man will be greatly appreciate ! 

     

      

     

    Who know "Bob" ? 

    I have a little grouping belonging to this guy. On each pic available, the surname "Bob" is writing  On another one, a man called Lawrence BEERMAN strikes a pose. BEERMAN was member of the HQ II Company / 507th PIR so I guess he was a friend from the same company. Anybody know him ? Once again, all info on this man will be greatly appreciate !

     

     

     

     

    After the VE Day in May 08, 1945, numerous 17th AB troopers were transferred in other combat units, especially 82nd, 101st and 13th Airborne Divisions. Few ones were also transferred to the 11th Airborne Division and than send in Japan for occupation duty.

    This pic shows 11th AB troopers. The paratrooper in the center of the top row wears proudly the 17th Airborne Division shoulder sleeve insignia on his right shoulder. That is mean he was previously member of this division and fought with it as he also wears the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB). Of interest is that the wings are pinned below the CIB ! This gentleman is unfortunately anonymous. Who can help me ?

    (unpublished TFH collection)

     

     

    Who know this trooper ? 

    This pic has been probably realized in the early time of the unit as the GI's wears a trooper visor hat rather than an overseas cap and has only one qualification (expert) badge as only decoration on his jacket. Of interest is the shoulder sleeve insignia not sewn according the army regulation !

     

     

    Who know Joe ? 

    This unknown 17th AB soldier was probably member of an artillery battalion as the pipe, the Airborne badge on his overseas cap and the oval under his wings are dark and seem to be red. The chino shirt indicates the pic has been realized in UAS, circa 1943 or 1944. As he wears an Airborne badge on his overseas cap and Wings on his chest I guess so this gentleman was member of the 460th or 466th PFAB.

    Of interest, note the "opposite claw" shoulder sleeve insignia.


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  • Armond G WILSON (ASN 39167099) - 464th PFAB

     

      

    Armond G WILSON was born on October 29, 1917 in the North Dakota. He grow up in San Bernardino County, California and was inducted in the United States Army at Los Angeles on October 22, 1941. He received ASN 39167099. I don't know when he exactly joined the Airborne forces but he was finally assigned to the 464th PFAB and joined the 17th Airborne Division with his unit on March 1945 just before operation Varsity.

    Mr Wilson passed away on April 04, 2003 and is buried at Montecito Memorial Park, Colton CA with his wife Margaret.

     

     

    I am fortunate to have in my collection few artifacts that belonged to Mister Wilson, reason why I have realized some researches and writted this Tribute.


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    This is the first book dedicated to the 139th Engineer Battalion of the 17th Airborne ! It is really a huge source of information for military history enthusiasts, 17th Airborne's friends or relatives. The author (and friend) Ozzie GORBITZ has doing a great job of research with this book with a lot of fantastic photos. A real opportunity to learn more about the history of this battalion.  

    For all info : Blood on the Talon Volume 1 : Unit History

     

     

     

    This is another great book dedicated to the 17thAirborne Division during Op. Varsity, for the first time available in English!  With exclusive permission my friend Jos Bex did a great job translating the 17thAirborne part of the original German book  “Die Luftlandung” , written by  author and historian Johan Nitrowski, into English.
    The book really is an interesting source of information for both military and history enthusiasts. This translation gives the perspective during  Op. Varsity as seen from the American paratroopers and glider men as well as from the German defenders and civilians, added with unique “Then and Now” pictures and personal stories recently written by 17thAirborne veterans.
     

    A real opportunity to learn more about the history of the 17thAirborne Division during the largest single day airborne operation during World War II.

    For all info : ETO Tours

     

     

     

    In February 2015, I have had the great pleasure to publish in the famous French magazine "Militaria Magazine" the first article dedicated to the shoulder sleeve insignias of the 17th Airborne Division. This five pages articles is writed in French with a lot of illustrations. I hope it will be an interesting source of information for military history enthusiasts, 17th Airborne's friends or relatives !

    For all additional info : Militaria Magazine

     

     

     

    In November 2015, I have had the great pleasure to publish in the famous French magazine "Militaria Magazine" another  article dedicated to the 193rd GIR/17th Airborne Division. This six pages article is writed in French with a lot of illustrations. It is the first article written in this subject !

    I hope it will be an interesting source of information for military history enthusiasts, 17th Airborne's friends or relatives ! 

    For all additional info : Militaria Magazine

     

     

     

    In September 2016, I have had the great pleasure to publish in the famous French magazine "Militaria Magazine" another  article dedicated to an unreleased subject : the tactical markings of the 507th PIR / 17th AB helmets (there is an error in the front page !). This five pages article is writed in French with a lot of unpublished illustrations.

    I hope it will be an interesting source of information for military history enthusiasts, 17th Airborne's friends or relatives ! 

    For all additional info : Militaria Magazine

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Somewhere in England ...

     

    This photo was realized in England in September 1944. It shows soldier "CARUSO" of the 224th AB Medical Company. At least two CARUSO served in the 224th AB Med Co : Joseph A and Vincent A ! Unfortunaltely, there is no other info on the pic.

    With the help of Jos BEX (The Netherlands), the place is now identified : it is the staging area of the 17th Airborne Division near Ogbourne St. George. He kindly sends me pictures of the place realized in 2011 (unpublished photo - TFH collection & Jos BEX). Click to enlarge.

     

     

     

     

    Cette photo a été réalisée en Angleterre en septembre 1944. Elle met en scène le soldat CARUSO de la 224ème compagnie médicale. Au moins deux CARUSO ont servit au sein de cette compagnie : Joseph et Vincent mais il n'existe malheureusement aucune autre information au dos de la photo.

    Grâce à Jos BEX (Pays-Bas), l'endroit a pu être identifié. Il s'agit de la plaine d'entraînement située non loin d'Ogbourne-Saint-George comme le montre les photos actuelles de l'endroit (2011) qu'il m'a aimablement envoyé (photos non publiées appartenant à la collection TFH & Jos BEX).


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  •  OFFICERS OF COMPANY B / 193rd GIR - CHISELDON FALL 1944 

    Photos of the 17th Airborne in England are relatively uncommon. This is one of them. It shows men of Company B from the 193rd GIR. From left to right : Captain Francis B Mc ALLISTER (O-387607), 2nd Lieutnant Jackson T ROACH (O-313799), 2nd Lieutnant John R CASKEY (O-1314592), 2nd Lieutnant Edward E A GILLAM (O-512954) and 2nd Lieutnant Ross L PARKS. McALLISTER will be wounded in action and will received the Purple Heart Medal on January 7, 1945, 2nd Lieutnant John R CASKEY will be killed in action several weeks later, on January 7, 1945. He is burried on American cemetery of Ham, Great Dutchy of Luxembourg (with permission of Bill TOM). Click to enlarge.

    I'm fortunate to locate the place with the help of David BAILEY (England), member of the local historical society in Swindon.

     

      

     

    The same place in the 70's (with courtesy of David BAILEY).

     

      

    The same place today ... (with courtesy of David BAILEY)

     

     

    A bridge on the Meuse river ...

    The photos showing men of the 17th Airborne Division during the battle of the Bulge are relatively rare compare with those realized during training, Varsity or German campaign. This one was realized on December 31, 1944 and shows two men of the 139th Airborne Engineer Battalion : Pvt Robert W Bell (left) and PFC Charles W McCall. The scene is located in the little French city of Douzy (south-east of Sedan). The two soldiers are guarding the bridge over the Meuse river (the only one in the city). I am fortunate to locate the place with the help of Google Map and Street View and I share this with you. The little house on the left appears unchanged (click to enlarge) (US Army Signal Corps - TFH collection & Google Map).

     

     

     

     

    Les photos de la 17th Division Aéroportée réalisées en Ardennes sont relativement rares comparativement à celles faites aux Etats-Unis, durant Varsity ou durant la campagne d'Allemagne. Celle-ci a été réalisée le 31 décembre 1944 et met en scène deux hommes du 139° Bataillon de Génie : le soldat Robert W Bell à gauche et le soldat de première classe Charles W McCall. La photo a été réalisée dans le petit village de Douzy situé au sud-est de Sedan. Les deux soldats gardent le seul pont de la cité qui enjambe la Meuse. J'ai pû localiser l'endroit tel qu'il apparaît aujourd'hui grâce à Google Map et le Street View et partage celà avec vous. L'endroit a peu changé, en particulier la petite maison de gauche (cliquez sur la photo pour l'agrandir) (US Army Signal Corps - TFH collection & Google Map).


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