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 at College Park, Maryland. Their description reads: "'Operation Fire Fly'. High above the ground in a stately pine and fir trees, a parachute is left dangling. The chutist, an experienced man at the game, has climbed out of his harness and down the tree by means of the 150 foot rope which all troopers carry. Later he will return for the parachute after the forest fire has been distinguished."


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Parachutes, Smokejumpers -- United States -- Equipment