Chalk 17 poses for a photograph before departing for Normandy. This image shows the paratroopers and air crewmen of Pathfinder Team #2 of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment/82nd Airborne Division on the evening of Monday, June 5, 1944 shortly before taking off to go to France. They are posing in front of aircraft #42-93096, a Douglas C-47A that is in the collection of The National WWII Museum.
German paratroopers riding on a "Tiger" tank of the SS Division "Das Reich," 1943. After the heavy casualties suffered by the paratroopers during the Battle of Crete, Hitler sent the Parachute Division to Russia to fight as infantry.