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: "Capt. Richard Williams and Lt. Clifford Allen, in charge of the Negro parachuting fire-fighters based at Pendleton, Ore., peer through the open door of a Troop Carrier Command C-47 to pick the spot where they and their men will aim for when they hit the silk on the way to a forest fire."


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United States. Army Air Forces, United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Battalion 555th -- Photographs, Wildfire fighters, Smokejumpers -- United States, Allen (Clifford), Williams (Richard)