Private William Talbot

Pte. Talbot first enlisted with the Signals Corps in 1942. Later that same year he transferred to the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and completed his Parachute Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, U.S.A. on November 21, 1942.

Talbot recalls parachuting into Normandy during Operation Overlord, June 6, 1944 but missing the drop zone by several miles and having to find his way to the objective. During his time with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion overseas, he served in C Coy, B Coy, A Coy and later HQ Coy with the PIAT (Projective, Infantry, Anti-Tank) Platoon. He was wounded in the leg on June 29, 1944.

This reserve parachute handle was brought home by William Talbot as a souvenir from Fort Benning in 1942.

Fort Benning Georgia November 21 1942
Pte Talbot can be seen on the far left. This picture was taken at Fort Benning, November 21 1942.
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Talbot brought home a reserve parachute handle as a souvenir from Fort Benning, Georgia.