WWII U.S AIRBORNE MUSEUM

Welcome to our WWII Airborne Virtual Museum Page!

This museum section has original items Displayed belonging to Heros of the Second World War and is dedicated to all of the Brave and Heroic men from many different nations who served as American Paratroopers during World War II.

 
All the items shown in this museum section are
in a private collection and are NOT FOR SALE!

 

WWII M1-Helmet fixed bail / front seam marked to 3rd Battalion with NCO bar at rear belonging to 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Div this helmet was recovered from the Battlefield in Ravenoville, Normandy
WWII M1-Helmet front seam / fixed bail marked with a rear Officers Bar, belonging to an Officer 1st LT of 1st Battalion 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Div
WWII M1-Helmet front seam / fixed bail marked to 3rd Battalion 327th Glider Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Div
WWII M-1 Paratrooper Helmet front seam/Fixed bail marked to 1st Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Div
WWII M-2 Paratrooper Helmet D-Loop front seam marked H.H for the 1st BN of the 508th to Representive of Major. Harry J. Harrison of this Parachute Unit. 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Div
WWII M1-Helmet front seam / fixed bail with markings to the 907th (GFAB) Glider Field Artillery Battalion 101st Airborne Div (ASN) Army Service Number Painted Inside Shell
WWII U.S INLAND Paratrooper Helmet Liner belonging to a Cpl from 3rd Battalion of G.CO 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Div. He is Seen in the Photo below with other G.CO 506th Paratroopers who was later taken as a D-Day P.O.W this liner was found on the Battlefield on the out-skirts outside the town of Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont, Normandy
1st Lieutenant's Officers Dress Uniform belonging to a Paratrooper Pathfinder who Jumped on D-day of Pathfinder Security who was W.I.A (Wounded In Action) Who was shot by the German Nazi's in Saint-Come-Du-Mont, Normandy on 6th of June 1944 and was taken as a P.O.W (Prisoner Of War) belonging to 3rd Battalion of I.CO 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Div
Ike Jacket belonging to a SGT that was a Combat Leader in a Battery of the 463rd (P.F.A.B) Parachute Field Artillery Battalion of the Famous 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles" Pictured below of the Veteran that once owned this Dress Uniform
Ike Jacket belonging to a Paratrooper from the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles"
Ike Jacket Belonging to a Paratrooper of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division "All American"
Ike Jacket belonging to a Glider Infantry Soldier Tech/4 from HQ.CO originally belonging to the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division and later transferred into 17th Airborne Division have his Pay-Booklet along with his Named Good Conduct Medal and two Original Photos of two Gliders in flight in Europe during WWII along with this Grouping
Ike Jacket belonging to a S/SGT Paratrooper who Parachuted into Normandy on D-day on June 6th 1944 he belonged to 2nd BN, F.CO 502nd (P.I.R) Parachute Infantry Regiment of the Famous 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles" his Photo is Published in Mark Bando's Books on the 101st ABN DIV in Normandy.
M-41 Field Jacket belonging to a S/SGT from 2nd BN, F.CO 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division a Veteran who Parachuted into Normandy on D-day on June 6th 1944
M-42 Jump Jacket Belonging to a 1st Sgt NCO Paratrooper from D/CO 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Div from Iowa who was K.I.A not far from Saint-Mere-Eglise where his C-47 he was traveling in crash landed and burst into flames when it was hit by German Anti-Aircraft Fire in Normandy on D-day 6th June 1944
M-42 Jump Jacket belonging to a S.SGT from HQ.CO 3rd Battalion 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Div who was W.I.A (Wounded In Action) on the 6th of October 1944 in Holland
M-42 Jump Jacket Belonging to an Officer 2nd Lt of 3rd Battalion H/CO 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Div who was a Normandy Replacement before Operation Market Garden. Below is a Group Photo of Officers from 3rd Battalion H/CO 506th (P.I.R) Taken 16th September 1944 taken the Day before they Jumped into Holland for Operation Market Garden The Officer of this Uniform is Pictured on the Right Back Row of this Photo
M-43 Field Jacket Named to a S/SGT from 2nd BN, F.CO 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division Pictured below on D-Day June 6th 1944 in St. Come-Du-Mont, at (Drop Zone D) Normandy France
WWII U.S ARMY / AIRBORNE white silk parachute scarf with the embroidered 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagle" Patch is shown as worn by paratroopers shown actually wore these "White Silk Scarves" during the war and after the end of the war for such as victory parades. The 101st Airborne Division Riggers made thousands of these scarves which were intended for wear in parades it Appears to be a 'Dress Uniform Scarf' or could be used as such, These scarfs were worn by several members of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment along with Paratroopers from E.Co/506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, You can see the famous G.Co/501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Machine Gunner 'Tex' Mc Morries wearing one in the photo on the right hand side, this photo proves showing Paratroopers wore these white silk scarfs with pride PHOTO CREDIT:- 'Vanguard of the Crusade Book, The 101st Airborne Division in WWII:- by Mr. Mark A. Bando
An Original pair of U.S Airborne Paratrooper Gloves as used by Para's on D-day on June 6th 1944
WWII T-5 Reserve Parachute Pack unit marked (RS) to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Div this pack was used on D-day in Normandy and re-packed by a Rigger of Regimental SV.CO 506th comes attached with its White Pioneer Canopy inside and note in data pack containing info on Para Rigger.
WWII T-5 Back Pack Parachute and Hardness, Cover & Static Line full set this set was used on D-day in Normandy attached with is original Camo-Parachute Canopy inside the back pack made by National Automative Fiber
WWII Airborne Pathfinders PPN-1 Jump Case Bag, these were used widely on D-day in Normandy to carry the PPN-1 Signal Beacon by Elite Units of the Pathfinder Units of the 101st & 82nd Airborne Div to transmit signals back to the C-47 Dakota Aircraft to locate the (DZ) Drop Zones for the Paratroopers when they Parachuted in on D-day
WWII Airborne Pathfinder M-227 Signal Lamp with SE-11 Equipment the flashlight with a pistol grip and trigger, Allowing Morse Code, or other signals to be given by the pathfinders to Signal Approaching Aircraft as to the location of the (DZ) Drop Zone THIS IS AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PIECE OF GEAR USED BY WWII US AIRBORNE PATHFINDERS
WWII Mae West B4 Life Vest 1943 Dated Unit Marked to 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment "G with lightning strike" 101st Airborne Div
Original WWII ACME Paratrooper Chrome Cricket still in its original cellophane wrapper
WWII U.S M.3 fighting Knife Kinfolks Inc. With its M6 Barwood 1943 dated Brown Leather Scabbard
Two Rare WWII No.82 MK.I Gammon Grenades "GAMMON BOMB" one on the right is dated 1944 these Gammon grenades were primarily issued and used by U.S Special Forces such as Airborne/Paratroopers from the 101st & 82nd Airborne Divisions on D-Day, Market Garden, And were all declared obsolete in the early 1950's at which point all existing stock piles left were all destroyed. The Gammon Bomb Grenade attached with there stockingette bag, complete with there screw-off-caps there is a light white linen tape inside around these fuses with a curved lead weight on end with metal retaining pin attached fuse charge with its stockingette bags would be filled with explosive powder, the one on the right is marked and dated on the tin holding collar 1944. When these Gammon grenades were thrown, the weighted linen tape automatically unwrapped in flight pulling out the retaining metal pin from the fuse mechanism, Removal of the retaining metal pin freed a heavy ball-bearing and striker inside the fuse which was then held back from the percussion cap only by a very weak spring in this manner the always fuse became armed in flight.
WWII U.S Airborne Ammunition Pouches Made by Parachute Riggers these Modified Pouches, Which were widely used by Paras involved in Operation Overlord on D-day in Normandy on June 6th 1944, A wide variety of ammo could be carried in these pouches, Originals such as these are "Extremely Rare" to own these pouches were almost totally discontinued after the Normandy Campaign, these are Named and came out of an 82nd Airborne Division Veteran Estate from Ca
WWII U.S AIRBORNE / PARATROOPER STATIC LINE FULLY COMPLETE WITH ITS WEBBING AND STATIC LINE HOOK 1ST TYPE THIS SET WOULD HAVE BEEN USED ON THE T-5 PARACHUTE PULL OFF BACK PANEL IT IS CLEARLY STAMPED (R.S) TO THE FAMOUS 506TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT BELONG TO THE U.S ARMY 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION THIS SET COMES FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION IN CARENTAN, NORMANDY, FRANCE
WWII M1936 FIELD BAG Better known as the "musette bag" which was issued to personnel such as the elite airborne units of the famous 101st / 82nd /17th Airborne Divisions & armored crews, It was carried on the back been clipped onto the M1936 suspenders This bag is named to a Paratrooper of the Famous Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division where he personalized the front of the bag flap with the Eagle Patch as trench art during the war
WWII British genuine No.75 MK.I Hawkins Mine, in original paint,This is the 1st type is marked N°75 MK.I S.O.T.B. 5/42 on in original red oxide paint was manufactured by the Self Opening Tin Box Co. Ltd (S.O.T.B.) Westerham, in Kent. As an anti-tank weapon, it is unusual in the fact that it officially listed as a grenade in the British numbered series, but is also listed as a mine in mine warfare manuals. This is the model widely used in Normandie by U.S Forces on D-day, especially U.S Paratroopers from the 101st & 82nd Airborne Division. You can clearly see General. Dwight D. Eisenhower - D-Day Pre-invasion Address to Soldiers ( Delivering the Order of the Day) June 6th 1944 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces "Notice Paratroopers in the Photo" with there Hawkins mines attached & straped onto there lower legs members from the 101st Airborne Div 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment.
WWII U.S ARMY AIRBORNE / PARATROOPER D-DAY WHITE CANVAS BED/COT LEG STRAP. As many 82nd and 101st Airborne Division Paratroopers left their marshaling areas prior to the Normandy Jump, most had not been issued a "Leg Strap" to carry the M-3 Fighting Trench Knife, or NO.75 HAWKINS MINES, or other vital gear. Many Paratroopers chose to remove the white canvas straps from their beds/cots, and this period photos from D-Day in Normandy, this photo shows Paratroopers using these white canvas leg straps. This U.S Army WWII D-DAY AIRBORNE / PARATROOPER WHITE CANVAS BED/COT LEG STRAP Is "Extremely Rare" and Hard Found these days an Original piece of Equipment used by U.S Army PARATROOPERS on D-DAY and a great relic, The period photo of a U.S Army Paratrooper shortly after the Normandy Jump on D-day wearing a similar white canvas bed/cot strap on his right leg
Two - WWII U.S Army Paratrooper let down rope's, As used on D-day in Operation Overlord & Operation Market Garden, The one on the Right is in unissued condition still in its original brown paper wrapper with label and Dated April 12 1944
WWII US ARMY T-Handel Shovel M-1910 Paratrooper Modified Shortened with Camo cover Camouflaged Dated 1943 Type used by 82nd & 101st Airborne Division Pathfinders during the Normandy Invasion on D-Day June 6th 1944 Named & belonging to a Paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Div it came out of a Veterans Estate in Ca
U.S WWII A-1 Aerial Delivery Containers Different Colored Identification Lamp Assembly, two unused ties to attach it to an aerial delivery container such as an A-4 or A-5. The fiber insulator and cord which was attached in such a way as to turn the light on when released from the Douglas C-47 Skytrain Aircraft. In this way the lamp that was automatically turned on as the parachute canopy opened and deployed, and that assisted with locating the cargo containers on the ground during night drops for the Troops as Re-Supplies. They were used by the 1st Allied Airborne U.S Army, 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, 17th Airborne Division and British Airborne Units These where used with different Colored Parachute Canopy's depending on the Re-Supplies they were using with the Drop Containers Drop Bags.
SOLDBUCH, belonging to a German Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6. Soldier who was, (K.I.A) Killed In Action, on the 7th June 1944 in Normandie, at (Hell's Corner, near La- Barquette) This I.D. book was removed from his dead body by U.S Soldier c/o T5 Harry Mole HQ/2 501st Parachute Inf Reg, elements of the 6th Fallschirmjäger Regiment was destroyed in the Battle from the fierce fighting that took place against them that day by elements of the U.S Airborne 501st (Geronimo) Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division. he brought this book home Entries in this book indicate Kartkop, belonged to 1st Kompanie of Fallschirmjäger Rgt 6. above were liberated from a member of the 1st Bn Fallschirmjäger Parachute Regiment 6 at La-Barquette, Normandie, France. c/o T5 Harry Mole HQ/2 501st (Geronimo) Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.