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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circa 1945

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Imaged by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA reading room. Image provided by the NARA reading room at 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 in College Park, Maryland. Their description reads: "'Operation Fire Fly'. Once on the ground Negro parachute fire fighters of the 555th Parachute Infantry wield shovels and other standard equipment in stamping out forest fires. the cooperate with the US Forest Service in holding in check what has been a serious fire season in the Pacific North West. Umatilla National Forest, Oregon."


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