SSgt. Kenneth Crosthwait, 304th Squadron, 442nd Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force, European Theater - birdshooter

Lawson Field, Fort Benning, Georgia, August 1946....At the command of their jump leader these twenty-one students of the Airborne School climb aboard a waiting Douglas C-47 of the 75th Troop Carrier Squadron which will take them up for a practice jump. After losing its cargo the plane will return quickly and pick up another load of jumpers without waiting long enough to turn off its motor.