Triple Nickles 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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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: "Negro Paratroopers of the 555th Parachute Infantry stamp out a fire. The paratroopers drop with their fire-fighting equipment from Troop Carrier Command planes on fires which would take days for ground parties to reach, thereby preventing destruction of huge areas of the areas of the nation's timber."

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

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