Lieutenant General Brereton with U.S. paratroopers leaving RAF Greenham Common, England to invade Normandy in World War II
United Kingdom Date:1944, June 5 Duration:2 min 21 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. paratroopers depart England, the evening before D-day, to be airdropped over Normandy France, in World War 2. U.S. Lieutenant General Louis H. Brereton, Commander, 9th Air Force, converses with two other officers as they stand by a staff car on RAF Greenham Common airfield, England. He waves a riding crop as he steps into the staff car, which carries three stars on a bumper plate. Scene shifts to the flight line where General Brereton is smoking a cigarette as he converses with American and British officers, standing beside C-47 aircraft number 43-15296. Brereton chats with two paratroopers of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, and shakes hands with one. The C-47, named, "That's All...Brother," taxis forward, along with several others, toward the active runway. Many aircraft are then seen taking off, one at a time, in the dusk, with their wingtip lights on.
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