Parachuting Over Normandy | D-Day Narrated by Bryan Cranston

Parachuting Over Normandy | D-Day Narrated by Bryan Cranston


>>Planes came over the sky
filled with–suddenly there was a brilliant bold flame. It nosed into a dive
in the ground landing about 600 yards from us. Flames billowing 100 feet
into the air. It made a roaring fire
which could be seen, heard long after we had gone by. [LETTERS FROM D-DAY
A SKY FULL OF FIRE] [NARRATED BY
BRYAN CRANSTON] [LETTER FROM: PFC. JIM MARTIN
101ST AIRBORNE, US ARMY] Dear Betty, Mother and Daddy
you have probably been wondering what It was like to
make my first trip into combat. During the last few days
I thought a lot about home the things we used to do and
I wondered if all of us would ever get together to do those
things again. I looked at our plane, a C47
with newly painted bands of black and white around
her fuselage wings signifying she was an
allied invasion ship. That is when I got a catch
in my throat and my heart beat a little faster. To me, it is the most
beautiful ship there is. We idled down the taxi
strip, tested the engines and started down the runway for
a one way ride. The night was beautiful. The moon silhouetted the planes
around us and danced on the white caps of the channel
below us. The many dark forms scattered
in the channel below part of the world’s greatest
armada of ships waiting to belch 4000 of troops into
Hitler’s impregnable war. And, I suddenly realized
that they were waiting and depending on us. Soon, the sky was full
of golden orange and red blossoms of fire. And, long serpentine strings
of heavy caliber traces marked their way up to us. And, the concussion of flat
threw the ship around like a cork in the turbulent air. The green light flashed on,
the [INDISCERNIBLE] disappeared. The next man fell down
and I waited, then I stepped out to meet a ladder of
flack and tracers. I can truthfully say that
I wasn’t afraid. I was so fascinated that there
was not any room for fear. The loneliest feeling in the
world was when I hit the ground without another
soul around me. Strings of tracers would
knife about 30 inches off the ground. A mode of [INDISCERNIBLE]
plopped down about 15 feet away and threw me flat on my face. It did not take me long
to clear out of there. One of the sergeants and I
crawled out of the field of fire until he suddenly
stopped and pointed out the muscle flashes on an 88
which was in an open trench position. We each put a clip of animal
into it. Finally, we got to our
objective, which was a bridge in front of a high hill. A tank crew picked me up
and I stayed with them until the next day. Write soon and send
another box of candy. Love, James. [After the war, James “Pee Wee”
Martin was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and
Distinguished Unit Citation.] [In 2014, he did jump over
Normandy again, in honor of his fallen brothers.]

12 comments

  1. This is so touching the greatest generation ever. My dad was in the 101st airborne . Great men I have so much respect.

  2. Excellent (true) story telling. I’ve seen a LOT of battle footage over the years and this had some outstanding footage new to me.

  3. I knew the Wehrmacht liked their meth , but I didn't know Walter White jumped out of a c-47 into Normandy.

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