National Archives and Records Administration (RG 342-FH, Records of U.S. Army Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations)
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: "Five forest fire fighting paratroopers are shown dropping into the area of a newly started fire in the great timber lands of the northwest. By reaching the spot within a couple of hours of the time a fire is reported, they can prevent widespread loss. Many areas of the northwest being very mountainous, can only be reached over land by hikes of several days duration."
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United States. Army Air Forces, United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Battalion 555th -- Photographs, Wildfire fighters, Smokejumpers -- United States, Parachutes