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503rd PIR, Nadzab, New Guinea January 25, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:42 pm

Pacific Paratrooper

503rd PIR patch 503rd PIR patch

Many members of MacArthur’s staff were not enthusiastic about the plan. Allied resources were thin, and Japanese air and ground strength was formidable. Many military planners were skeptical of airborne operations. Some questioned the viability of the entire concept. German paratroops had suffered unsustainable casualties assaulting Crete in May, 1941. Allied airborne operations had met with disaster invading Sicily in July, 1943. Experience argued against establishing additional airborne units. Nevertheless, Kenney was convinced that with proper planning and support his plan would succeed. Fifth Air Force firepower was committed to provide close air support, and the troopers would be dropped in one lift to achieve mass and surprise. 

This was the first combat jump for the 503rd PIR.

The U.S. 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) was tasked to jump on Nadzab, New Guinea, to seize, clear and defend the airstrip. The 503rd PIR was one the first…

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2 Responses to “503rd PIR, Nadzab, New Guinea”

  1. GP Cox Says:

    Thank you very much, Janet, for helping me to keep these memories alive!

  2. Janet Says:

    I found the film part of your post particularly striking. I was imagining myself in the picture as one of those young men fully equipped and lining up to board those planes. I have such admiration for them.

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