Triple Nickle Photographs from the National Archives


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National Archives and Records Administration (RG 342-C, Records of U.S. Army Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations)

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Date Information

circa 1945

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Imaged at the National Archives and Records Administration reading room in College Park, Maryland.


Photograph from a series held by the National Archives on the first African American Airborne unit, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, also known as the Triple Nickle. This image was scanned at the National Archives reading room in College Park, Maryland. The description on the sleeve reads: "'Operation Fire Fly'. A C-47 of the First Troop Carrier Command flies over rough Oregon countryside. The plane will drop a 'stick' of fire-fighting paratroopers of the 555th Parachute Infantry. This is a joint operation of the AAF Troop Carrier Command, the US Forestry Service and the Parachute Infantry. The parachutist operate in remote areas where it would take days for forestry men on the ground to reach the devastated areas."


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United States. Army Air Forces, United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Battalion, 555th -- Photographs, Wildfire fighters, Smokejumpers -- United States