Headquarters, 2nd Bn
503d Parachute Infantry
4 September 1943
Prelim: All officers and men restricted no localities mentioned by
name. Mission: Take and secure by air an airport.
Info: Very little activity a few enemy known to be in area.
Patrol by 100-200 Japs daily to town (bn CP). 29 Aug 43 6 Japs
seen at town S of Bn CP town. Armed 30 cal LMG’s and rifles, large
number of enemy troops can be brought in from big town is miles up coast.
Est str Nip gar there: 6000 w/ aircraft,
Approaches: Half on road only passable except jeep.
3½ hrs to NE of Bn CP village.
River: one mile wide 20 ft. deep mire of trees,
grass 4 to 6 ft. Now is dry season wind SE to noon. Reverses
then velocity 6 to 8 miles time of Sunrise 0612, sunset 1812, except
village uninhabited take natives and sent to regt, shOot hostile ones, one
Co of native troop friends to NE of Bn CP, make every effort to take
prisoners, dead, require both hands fingers laced behind head shhot at any
move, destroy carbons of all messages, captured documents and material to
regtl S-2, no looting of dead or souveniring, passwords give slowly and
(This in effect until new one ordered bu no.)
Bn rept hourly plus thirty to regt, no rept during
dark unless chg situation other extensive operations will be taking place
at samt time, our aerial base is 15 minutes up this river, support by 5th
AF, end of info.
Mission: 503rd Prcht Inf
jump 2 day H hour capture airdrome and village establish regtl line of res
on road to big town. Prepare airstrip at once, 2nd
Australian Pioneer Bn 5 miles down river and will move in when this
engaged: This regt 2/4 Aust FA jump 2/2 Aust Co and attachments
Aust Div w/ 600 natives 2/4 ambulance, mission 1st Bn and Demo
less rifle platoon jump as shown commence preparation of landing strip
till held by 2/2 Eng, one Co protect native workers also unload planes,
1st Bn CP near Regtl CP, 2nd Bn plus demo jump as shown and capture CP
village and defend area N and NW. 3rd Bn less platoon, capture
village on shore of big river deny infiltration from big town, drop 22
dummies 10 miles down road, one platoon will jump to cover hump of
remainder of Bn, specific duties of certain officers, Capt. Caskey mark
out drone, Lt. Horner combat S-4, Lt. Buchanan captured transportation,
RHQ and Service will jump w/ 1st Bn, upon landing Aust ambulance aid
station to be brought to regt, Aust field artillery will jump w/ 1st Bn.
Prepare to fire mission on call, road to big town and RJ’s all around, Bn
will call for by No. Air support 54 TR CR wing will T this regt and
attached 3500. B-25 straff CP town 3 flights A-20 smoke as shown
(around edges of jump field) B-17 will bomb T 4 & 5, B-17 will be
available for 4 1/2 hrs, Kelly, Rambo, Cates will be liaison
officers w/ aircraft (will not jump). One sq P-39’s available on
call, 3 B-17’s for resupply 3 to 10 gliders loaded 2 supplies may be used
if necessary. C-47’s will be loaded at forward serial base.
Aerial diversion: 22 dummies 10 or 20 miles big town, camouflage
discipline to be strictly maintained, land mines and concertinas on call,
report location to regt after planting units will cause false front to be
To Co E your no. one plane man Col. Kinsler, 2
lottery winner, 3 radio operator, 4 Col’s orderly, No. two plane Lt. Col.
Jones w/ bundle, nothing larger than location of platoon will be shown on
any map, recommendations for Honors will be made till called for.
Will be issued 24 trucks and 24 planes T spotted in front of Bn area, 7th
Div will convoy T to Wards Drome each truck to individual plane, issue
maps to EM then, not before. Planes take off approx flying time 1
1/2 - 2 1/2 hrs. Stand up on big river, jump master ask pilot to
give red stand up light at big river peel off and approach from SSW, trail
beyond woods Go! Entire Bn assemble in woods to SW E Co east F HQ D.
Jump field is high Kunai grass, maybe two to four feet, compass 225
degrees to assembly area, not under fire: Roll up chutes bring to
assembly area, also resupply bundles initial drop, 2 Co’s will have
orange, two yellow take off on leaving assembly area. Reason for
helmet markers assist in assembly, avoid straffing by own aircraft prep
ops: H minus one minute jump areas and surrounding villages will be
bombed, straffed and smoked H plus five to H plus twenty bomb shore and CP
village 4 B-25’s will fly around for one and one half hours to bomb on
call CO’s: Check personnel and rept on CP that you are moving out,
Co E w/ 1st section LMG’s Hq Co move out 1st take south trail to CP
village contact 1st Bn at shore, village, move to designated area, Co F w/
2nd sec LMg move E on coconut road take CP village and move to designated
defense area, Hq Com Mortars follow along coconut road, mortars move to
area (clearing) 1500 yds down coconut and to right E Bn Demo will
accompany mortars (81’s). Co D responsible for security of rear and
tracks to north of coconut road and then move to D area to NW of CP
village in wood, aid station, close to CP, resupply dropped in grass NW of
Ex staff follow Co F, Co F move out fast as possibly
Lt. Col. Jones w/ Co F Col. Kinsler w/ Co E; caution: Possibility of
own troops shooting each other, use orange flags for identification of
patrols, in defense at night, booby trap trails, 81 mm’s move to area NE
of Bn CP for defence movement of forces in the dark a point of doubt.
Priority of fortifications, road blocks at obs and mines, fox
holes, auto, weapons, fields of fire, op’s camouflage, medical annex, Bn
surgeon rept location med. bundle Bn RSP casu’s evacuation by covered
route w/ each litter cases one medic casu repts each 6 hr period until H
plus 48 Bn casu repts each hr, no rept, no casu, jump casu evac assembly
area, name, rank, and ASN’s Co’s. Mosquito repellent before derm, 1
atabrine per day, chlorine all water, cemetery will be established, more
air support 4 1/2 hrs. of 4 B-25 over Bn area request to regt thereafter
four hours time required for aerial aid Bn furn plan for air support, call
by radio green blinking B-25, 450 rds 50 cal per gun, 12 fragmentation
bombs per 8 straffing mission 3, bombing friendly troops 300 yds no nearer
indicate front lines with orange and white panels. Plane 6 will
carry Courtney-London Times, plane 7 Mr Driver did which is dept of info
(Aust). Mr. Marian Aust B’casting Co none will jump.
Signal annex Co radio calls Hq is H at; D, Hello; E,
Henry; F, Hall; platoons add one two or three LMG Hat one and two Mortars
Hat. Dist of radios; 511-1 each rifle Co, 2 Bn CP, 536-5 each rifle
Details on net. Certain signals three blasts,
shot, and call out air, mechanized, or Prcht attack. Mass sections
will be ready to move forward on call leave 2 behind. Each Bn
prepare bundles, 12 blankets, 12 shelter halves w/ ropes and pins.
2nd Bn prepare 39 reserves will be worn, new morning report will taken w/o
unit designation, minus one day.
S-1 periodic daily rept due 0700 and 1700
S-2 “ “
“ “ hourly
S-3 “ “
“ “ 0700
s-4 “ “
“ “ 1700
Journal will be maintained to and include Co misc.
Ball and Chain chutes.
End of meeting.