Triple Nickle Photographs from the National Archives


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

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Date Information

circa 1945

Imaging Information

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 photograph was scanned at the National Archives reading room at College Park, Maryland. The description at the National Archives reads: "Sgt. Leon Richardson of Richmond, VA., one of the members of the all-negro unit of the members of the 555th Parachute Infantry at Pendleton AAF, Oregon, boards a Troop Carrier Command plane for a fire fighting mission in the forests of the northwest. His equipment includes plastic helmet, wire face guard, fleece lined clothing, two parachutes, 150 feet of rope, first aid and personal kits, and paratrooper's boots."


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