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: "Forest fire fighting paratroopers hit the silk. Three of the jumpers are shown leaving a Trooper Carrier Command plane over a forest fire in the northwest. At the right, a chute is half open; just above, another is starting to open; while a third man is just dropping from the door of the plane. Static lines are seen from the fuselage."


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