American paratroopers engage in large-scale exercise, jumping from C-47 airplanes during World War II
England Date:1944 Duration:2 min 9 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Seen from inside the airplane, a "stick" of U.S. paratroopers jumps from open door of a C-47 during a World War 2 practice exercise in England. Aircraft crewmen retrieve their static lines after they jump. An aerial view from adjacent airplane, of paratroopers jumping from a C-47. View of the formation flying South to North over RAF Ramsbury in Wiltshire (home to the 437th Troop Carrier Group between Feb 44 and Feb 45). Numerous hardstands can be seen on the airfield, below, as paratroopers jump from aircraft. A U.S. paratrooper captain leads his men in a jump. A formation of C-47s overhead with parachutes deployed below them. Close views of paratroopers hitting the ground after the jump. Camera focusing on a single paratrooper, as he descends, hits the ground, flips over, and is dragged by his still open chute.
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