Photo, Yard-Long, Company G, US Airborne


Genuine WWII US Army 'yard-long' photograph a Company G, unknown Parachute Infantry Regiment. No date or inscription visible apart from the photographer's mark inked on the reverse -- W.R. Thompson & Co., Richmond 2, Va.

Original print; used condition.  Dimensions: 7.8in x 35.8in.


Some of the men are wearing the Airborne Command patch. Before troopers of the 506th and 501st ever wore the screaming eagle patch on their left shoulder, they wore the Airborne Command patch, created for small, non-divisional Airborne units. As such, the 506th wore this patch for a few months in early 1943, while stationed at Camp Mackall, NC. This was after they completed jump school, but before they joined the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC, becoming members by attachment. At that time, the 506th began to wear the eagle patch. The 501st wore the Airborne Command patch for longer, beginning in spring, 1943, and wearing it until early January, 1944, when they sailed for the UK. The 501st was attached to the 101st Airborne Division in England and only then began to wear the screaming eagle insignia. Airborne units stationed stateside continued to wear this patch into 1945, including the 555th, the Parachute Training Regiments in Georgia and Alabama, and the 541st and 542nd in North Carolina.