Friday, October 19, 2012

Oct

19

1942

Parachute Training in Britain

Half length portrait of a paratrooper carrying a Sten gun, having loaded it ready for immediate action.

We sat on either side of the fuselage which had a large aperture cut away in its underside to enable us to jump from the aircraft but this method proved not too satisfactory as often the trainee would fail to push himself forward enough to allow the pack of his folded parachute to clear the edge of the aperture. Consequently he would be tilted forward with the danger of knocking his face on the opposite side which could easily result in a broken nose.