Friday, May 31, 2019
Dropping Into Normandy-- Part 1: Into the Darkness
From the WW II History Presents "D-Day 75th Anniversary" magazine.
By Kevin M. Hymel.
These are some individual accounts of members of the 82nd and 101st Airborne who parachuted into Normandy before the attack. I will be following them up to June 6.
ROBERT WEBB, 101st: "When I cleared the door, the plane was bucking like a horse, and the tracers were so thick it looked like a wall of fame."
KENNETH MOORE, 101st: "The plane started bucking and jumping, as as [ a fellow paratrooper] fell down the green light came on. They were all jumping, and he was scrambling trying to get out the door, so i grabbed him and pitched him out the door."
TOM POCELLA, 82nd: "With the roar of the engines in my ears, I was out the door and into the silence of the night. I realized I had made the jump into darkness."
TIM SEELYE, 82nd: ""After I left the door, the plane nosed downward, and I watched the tail pass a few feet over my head."
Mighty Scary Jumping Into That. --GreGen