Lieutenant General Brereton bids farewell to U.S. paratroopers leaving RAF Greenham Common to invade Normandy in World War II
England Date:1944, June 5 Duration:3 min 22 sec Sound:NO SOUND
American paratroopers depart England for the invasion of Normandy, France (D-Day), during World War 2. U.S. paratroopers of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, help each other with their gear, as they stand beside a C-47 aircraft, on RAF Greenham airfield, England. A crew chief cleans the window of the C-47. Two paratroopers, with camouflage painted faces, converse. Three air crewmen, two in leather jackets, pose by the airplane. One, a Lieutenant,holds an oxygen mask and carries a 45 automatic in a shoulder holster. View from inside the cabin, as paratroopers climb aboard the C-47. Lieutenant General Louis H. Brereton, Commander, 9th Air Force, smiles as he offers something to a paratrooper who reaches out from the airplane for it. Brereton laughs and reaches out to shake the paratrooper's hand. The General salutes as the aircraft taxis away and joins a long line of C-47s preparing to take off. Ground crewmen wave to the departing aircraft. The aircraft begin taking off at dusk with their wingtip lights illuminated, bound for the coast of Normandy, France.
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