76 years ago today. July 9th 1943
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    76 years ago today. July 9th 1943

    July 9th is an important date to remember and most really forget. Today is the day the american Military machine started the assault on fortress Europe.

    76 years ago today the american Army launched operation HUSKY.. The aircrews attached to the 82nd Airborne Division ( AA) loaded on troop transports and gliders from air fields in and around Kairoun and Tunisia in North Africa . This night the 505th parachute infantry regiment with the 456th parachute field artillery battalions B. Company 307th airborne engineers, . 266 C-47 and C-43 would land at dawn ahead of the 1st 3 rd and 45th infantry divisions plus the 1st and 3rd Ranger Battalions who would go a shore by landing craft.

    British paratroopers and gliders were assigned the area around Catania while the Americans between Scoglitta Gela and Licata.

    8 Aircraft were shot down by our own American Navy who mistook them for Heinkle JU Bombers who had straffed the american navy earlier. My father was a Co=pilot on a C-47 that took fire. The pilot was killed and 6 of the paratroopers wounded. My father flew the crippled plane back to North Africa saving the lives of the remaining paratroopers . He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on July 30 1943. He would fly in the Italy , Normandy and Rhine Drop .

    the assault of Fortress Europe officially began on this day . 76 years ago. God bless those who served and perished that day. We must not forget !! Name:  Lt Cletus Schultetus brutas.jpg
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    No words. Mate, a different breed back then..

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    One of my uncles was a paratrooper that day. The plane was hit by anti aircraft fire on the way in but even though the plane was on fire the pilot kept flying until they were over land. After they jumped he turned back towards England & went down in the channel. He was rescued the next day. Uncle survived the war & brought home a bunch of medals he never discussed..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Injunbro View Post
    One of my uncles was a paratrooper that day. The plane was hit by anti aircraft fire on the way in but even though the plane was on fire the pilot kept flying until they were over land. After they jumped he turned back towards England & went down in the channel. He was rescued the next day. Uncle survived the war & brought home a bunch of medals he never discussed..
    understand you uncles plight however Im not talking about the Normandy Invasion or the English channel. . This was the invasion of Sicily July 9th 1943 operation Husky.The invasion started in North Africa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Layne12gun View Post
    understand you uncles plight however Im not talking about the Normandy Invasion or the English channel. . This was the invasion of Sicily July 9th 1943 operation Husky.The invasion started in North Africa.


    Yeah, I tend to get off track. He jumped into Anzio, Normandy, Holland & a few other places. He was in the mess @ Ardennes Forest, etc..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Injunbro View Post
    One of my uncles was a paratrooper that day. The plane was hit by anti aircraft fire on the way in but even though the plane was on fire the pilot kept flying until they were over land. After they jumped he turned back towards England & went down in the channel. He was rescued the next day. Uncle survived the war & brought home a bunch of medals he never discussed..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Injunbro View Post
    Yeah, I tend to get off track. He jumped into Anzio, Normandy, Holland & a few other places. He was in the mess @ Ardennes Forest, etc..
    Still one of the great ones . !! So many served. i try to keep the memory alive. Had my father the two uncle served in WWII
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