After arriving in England in September 1943, the entire 2nd Battalion (HQ, D, E, and F Companies) and A and B Companies of the 1st Battalion, 506th PIR were sent to the village of Aldbourne, England.
The Save the Stables Project was a non-profit fundraising effort intended to raise $75,000 dollars to disassemble one of the Aldbourne Stables that were the home to these 506th paratroopers during the months prior to the invasion of Europe and after the Normandy Campaign. The stable was taken down and transported to Toccoa, GA, where it was reassembled inside the 6,000 sq. ft. Currahee Military Museum, which is housed in the restored Toccoa train depot, the debarkation point for most of those men who trained at Toccoa.
|Aldbourne, England: one of the 80-year-old
stables, constructed with timber walls and
a corrugated iron roof, where members of the 506th PIR were billeted during the months
prior to the invasion of Europe and after the Normandy Campaign.
|Inside one of only 6 stables that remained
of the nearly 40 stables which
housed US troops in Aldbourne before the invasion. These stables were
due to be demolished by the owner to make way for development.
Troopers of the 2nd Battalion and of A and B Companies
of the 1st Battalion,
|PETTY: possibly Cleveland O. Petty (E Co, 2nd BN, 506th PIR)|
|London Daily Mail newspaper article.|
|DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, GA -- Crewmembers
prepare to unload the last remaining
war stable, the pre-D-Day home for the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The stable, originally
located on a farm in south England, was disassembled, palletized and transported to the US on an
Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III from the 172nd Airlift Wing at Allen C. Thompson
Field, MS. The stable will be transported to Toccoa, GA, by flatbed truck.
|DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, GA -- LTC William
Hill helps offload one of the
pallets containing the last remaining war stable from a C-17 Globemaster III. LTC Hill is the
operations group commander for the 172nd Airlift Wing at Allen C. Thompson Field, MS.