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: "Backed by combat experience in Normandy, Holland and the Rhine crossing drops, Troop Carrier Command planes answer a call from the U.S. Forestry Service and with specially equipped paratroopers to the area of the reported fire. There the men will be dropped, usually two or three at a time, and will dig ditches to isolate the fire before it can become widespread."


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United States. Army Air Forces, United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Battalion 555th -- Photographs, Wildfire fighters, Smokejumpers -- United States, Douglas DC-3 (Transport plane)