Don Biles [r, front] and five buddies at Mackall ca. April '43 after
returning from Tennessee Maneuvers
Don Biles [rear] and one buddy smile while another perhaps laments
the girl that got away
McClafferty, John DeLury,
and (Hallson?) [kneeling] Unidentified
are prepared for a practice jump at Mackall.
(courtesy Tom Porcella)
James Oglesby, Co F, displays his chute while still in harness.
Note what appears to be a patch of snow near his leg. The photo
must have been taken very soon after the regiment arrived in the NC mountain
Need More Than That!
Robert H. Morris (Hq 2nd) has a musette bag, shovel and trench knife and
will put on his parachute next.
(courtesy of Irv Shanley)
Minute Briefing to Lt. Shields, Jumpmaster for this stick Other
men are unidentified.
Note the PSP (Pierced Steel Planking) used to firm up the
earthen runway and taxi areas.
was amongst the many 508ers who continued their jump training and also
completed advanced training as they prepared for a yet undisclosed point
of invasion in Europe.
(courtesy of Tom Porcella)
Robert G. Banks
holds helmet to the side and is fully suited for jump with reserve
chute and Griswold bag for his rifle. He appears to have taped his
pant cuffs to his boots to keep them from inflating while in the air.
(courtesy of Penny Banks Lane)