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Troops from the 101st Airborne with full packs and a bazooka, in a C-47 just before take-off from RAF Upottery Airfield to Normandy, France for “Operation Chicago". June 5, 1944.
Every time soldiers in World War II went into a mission they were aware that it could have been their last. “Operation Chicago” was just one of three missions carried out by the 101st Airborne Division that put them directly into harm’s way. Aside from bringing more men into Normandy, the mission also saw the military bringing in serious firepower.
The men made their way into France via Dakota C-47s and Waco gliders around 4am. While the operation was a success, the infantry lost 500 men, including General Pratt, second in command of the division. Another operation occurred a day later and was similarly successful.
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