Sunday, June 2, 2019
Dropping Into Normandy-- Part 2: Of Puke and Hit Planes
Reminiscences of Paratroopers.
Getting out of the planes proved problematic as well.
LESLIE KICK, 82nd-- "Then we were going out, slipping on puke but keeping our balance by holding tight to the static line snap."
ED BOCCAFOGLI, 82nd-- "I fell out. I slipped on vomit. Some guys were throwing up from nerves, and as we pivoted out my feet went out from under me, and I went upside down."
VIRGIL DANFORTH, 101st-- "As we stood in the door, ready to jump, our plane took a close one, which threw men down in the door in such a way that my head was outside and my shoulder was inside and I was wedged in this position so I couldn't get up. With the help of the man behind me, I finally managed to dive head first out of the door."
JACK SCHLEGEL, 82nd-- "I recall that I was the ...last to leave the plane ... the plane was going down. I moved out as fast as I could to get out and, after bailing out, saw the plane go up in a ball of flame."
Mighty Scary (And Messy). --GreGen