Untied States Airborne M18 Paracaisson Cart
Unrestored M18 Paracaisson, above photo.
The M18 was used by Airborne Artillery units to air drop 75mm ammunition for the M8 Airborne Pack
Howitzer.
Two types of paracaissons were
produced, the M9A2 and the M18.
The M9A2 was constructed from
steel and the M18 from aluminum.

The M9A2 and M18 were air
deployed via parachute as a
cylindrical container. The
container separated into two
parts: the cart bottom and the top
cover. The top cover was a
simplified version of the cart
bottom. The top cover was
discarded after assembly. When
the M9A2/M18 was deployed, the
wheels, tow handle and cables
were stored inside of the
container. The M18 could carry 18
rounds of ammunition in
cardboard storage containers.

The ammunition/storage dividers
are missing on the inside of this
cart. Additionally, the tire shown
on this cart is not original.
The above two pictures are from an original wartime manual. The picture to the left shows six M9A2 paracaissons
mounted under a C-47 Cargo Aircraft. The photo to the right is a deployed empty and then fully loaded M9A2 ready for
towing.
TIRES:
This tire was made by the GOOD YEAR Tire Company. Two of these tires were found on a Cub Cadet 102 tractor. The
tread style is exactly the same as the original M9A2/M18 tire, but the size is slightly larger. The size on this tire is
4.80/4.00-8. These tires will be used on the restoration of this M18.
This tire, left and above, is mounted on a museum M9A2 Paracaission.
The tire is made by
BF GOODRICH - SILVERTOWN, size 4.00-8.
To view this M9A2 click here:
HANDCARTZ M9A2
This tire (above four photos) is made by GOOD YEAR, size 4.00-8.
This is one of two tires that will be used to restore the M9A2 owned by "Handcartz".
To view this M9A2 click here:
HANDCARTZ M9A2
The original rims have been disassembled for restoration, left photo. The inside of the rim reveals the original color of the
M18 as well as the original primer. The M18 was primed in Yellow Zinc Chromate due to being made of aluminum. This
M18 will be restored using Olive Drab 33070.
Restored Rim with Yellow Zinc Chromate Primer, right photo. The outer rim half is stamped with the part number
"7131535". The inner rim half is stamped with the part number "7131536". The center hub is stamped with the part number
"B7119364".
Restored End (top) Plate with Yellow Zinc Chromate Primer, left photo. This part is stamped with the part number
"7131534".
Restored End (bottom) Plate with Yellow Zinc Chromate Primer, right photo. This part is stamped with the part number
"7129820".
Restored Center Body Support with Yellow Zinc Chromate Primer, left photo. This part is stamped with the part number
"7131539".
Restored Axle Support Bracket with Yellow Zinc Chromate Primer, right photo. This part is stamped with the part number
"D7115606".
Restored Draw Handle Support Bracket with Yellow Zinc Chromate Primer, left photo. This part is stamped with the part
number "7131548".
Restored Draw Bar and Handle with Yellow Zinc Chromate Primer, right photo. The Draw Bar Handle is stamped with the
part number "7115169" over "M9A2". The top section of the Draw Bar is stamped "7115629" over "M9A2-M18". The
bottom section of the Draw Bar is stamped "M9A2-M18" over the part number "7115624". Close up of the top section of
the Draw Bar, right photo.
History
Three types of Airborne Paracaissons were used during World War Two: M9 (Wood),
M9A2 (Steel) and the M18 (Aluminum Alloy).

The Aluminum Alloy Paracrate Load for the M8 Howitzer was deployed in 9 loads:
Paracrate Load M1:
Howitzer Trail Assembly, Paracrate M1, Drawbar, Lifting Bar.
Paracrate Load M2:
Howitzer Rear Trail, Howitzer Axle and Traversing Mechanism, Howitzer Trail Handspike, Bore Brush Staff, Spare Parts
and Tool Box, Caster Wheel and Paracrate M2.
Paracrate Load M13:
Howitzer Bottom Sleigh, Aiming Circle with Case, Lifting Bar and Paracrate M13.
Paracrate Load M14:
Howitzer Cradle, Howitzer Top Sleigh, Lifting Bar and Paracrate M14.
Paracrate Load M15:
Howitzer Tube, Lifting bar and Paracrate M15.
Paracrate Load M16:
Howitzer Breech Assy., Telescope and Mount, Paracrate M16.
Paracrate Load M7A1:
Howitzer Wheels (2) and Paracrate M7A1.
Parachest Load M17:
Ammunition (10 rounds in fiber containers) and Parachest M17.
Paracaisson Load M18:
Ammunition (8 rounds in fiber containers) and Paracaisson M18.
Unrestored M18 Cart Body markings, left photo. This part is stamped with the part number "7131981".
Axle assembly shown in folded position, right photo.
The axle assembly is made from steel and is shown here in red oxide primer. Both legs of the assembly are stamped with
the part number "7115642".