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 by the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. Their description on the sleeve reads: "'Operation Fire Fly'. Fire fighting parachutists of the 555th Parachute Infantry line up in their "jump suit". Before leaving on a fire fighting mission they will don their heavy leather, fleece lined coveralls, plastic helmet, and wire face mask. They will carry between 75 and 125 lbs. of equipment. Behind them is the C-47 of the Troop Carrier Command that they will fly to their destination. Oregon."


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