At this time the unit was
the 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment with a strength of about 1824
men, 5 warrant officers, and 140 officers.
"To CO, Co E: Your No One
plane No. 1 man Col Kinsler, 2 Lottery Winner, 3 radio operator, 4
A Corporal from D Compsny
won the lottery, which had two prizes - the first is the right to
jump in the No. 2 position in the lead aircraft immediately after
Col. Kinsler, and the second was six hundred Australian pounds.
Captain Mitchell won the officer's lottery, of eighty Australian
(At the time, 600 Australian
Pounds would have purchased a small bungalow or a luxury car.)