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Winter jacket, Capt. Howland 509th PIB Pathfinder

Winter jacket from Capt. Howland 509th PIB Pathfinder Commanding Officer. 

Charles W. Howland fought with the Gingerbread Jumpers (509th) on the first fight jump in North Africa. This company commander had the reputation of being a brave man and an outstanding officer. By his great human qualities, he was adored by all. In addition to numerous combat jumps, he took part in an amphibious assault in Anzio. Survivor of the bloody battle of Sadzot, in Belgium, he was killed in combat in January 1945, during the last days of the Battle of the Ardennes. The enterprising and highly esteemed young officer left for England in June 1942; His unit, the 503rd Parachute Infantry, was the first US airborne unit to perform a combat jump in North Africa in November 1942 during the allied assault called Operation Torch. Chuck Howland was part of the same jump group as Paul B. Huff, the celebrated recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Promoted to captain, Howland became the commander of the 509th Parachute Scout Company, the first scout unit, the ancestor of the Pathfinders. Using the know-how acquired by the British Airborne, the Scout Company Commander developed the basics of Pathfinders techniques. As the first unit that performed a combat jump, the 509th introduced the first camouflage techniques for uniforms and helmets. In Italy, Howland became Battalion S-3 Officer and then commander of Headquarters Co. 509th PIB where he distinguished himself by the feat of piloting a Piper Cub aircraft over Monte Croce to dump replenishment that Was seriously lacking on the ground. The story goes that he was fired from his pilot training for stealing head down with a training plane through a shed! During the campaign of the south of France, after the return to the United States of Lt. Col. Yarborough, Captain Howland becomes second in command of the unit (Executive Officer). In the last days of January 1945, during the Battle of the Ardennes, the 509th was ordered to seize the town of Born. Howland insisted on staying with his men on the front line. The Germans knew that an attack was being prepared outside the village and began to shell with their artillery and mortars. Howland stood on the turret of a tank at the battalion's PC. A mortar shot exploded beside the courageous captain, killing him instantly. He tied the chinstrap of his helmet under his chin and was killed by the blast of the explosion. He had no apparent wounds. He seemed to be sleeping in the snow. The news of his death spread in the battalion like a train of powder. One of the most valued men, and one began to believe immortal, was no more. Luck had finally let go of this veteran of many fights on two continents.

Price :5450,00€