T-5 Reserve Parachute top markings, above left photo.
The top flap of this parachute pack is marked: TOP, PART NO. AN 43H21028 (the part number has been stamped over a
previous part number), AUG 1943 and 24 FT. DIA.
T-5 Reserve Parachute end markings, above right photo
The serial number of this parachute is AAF-42 965135. The serial number is ink stamped on both ends of the outside fold of
this parachute. All parachutes that were produced during World War Two carried an Army Air Corps or Army Air Force
serial number, even if the parachute was designed as a troop or "paratrooper" parachute. Early style parachutes had A.C.
as the prefix to the serial number while later parachutes had A.A.F.
T-5 Reserve Parachute end markings, above left photo
The serial number of this parachute is AAF-42 965135. The serial number is ink stamped on both ends of the outside fold of
this parachute.
T-5 Reserve Parachute nomenclature tag, above right photo.
The ink black ink stamped nomenclature tag is marked:
AN 6513-1A PARACHUTE
Mfg By
HAYES MANUFACTURING CORP.
Grand Rapids Michigan
Gov't No. AAF42-965135
Mfg. Serial No. (Blank)
Contract No. W-535-a.c. 33594 (Note: the previous number has been blacked out)
USN

All Army Air Force marked reserve parachutes made by the Hayes Manufacturing Corporation are also marked with USN on
the main nomenclature tag and under the pull ring pin flap. This was done so that all parachute packs that were produced
met both Army Air Force and Navy standards for production. Parachutes were then diverted to their corresponding
contracts for delivery to their respective recipients. In the case of this reserve parachute pack, it was accepted by the Army
and delivered to the 377th FAB (Field Artillery Battalion), 101st Airborne Division.
T-5 Reserve Parachute Pack, above two photos.
This T-5 Reserve Parachute, Model AN 6513-1A was produced by the Hayes Manufacturing Company in
August 1943 as Serial Number AAF 42 965135.
This parachute assembly was recovered in 2011 from Normandy France.

The reverse of this pack bears the markings "BW" for Ben Weissberg, the Regimental Commander of the
377th FAB (Field Artillery Battalion), 101st Airborne Division. Each regiment of the 101st Airborne Division
marked their equipment with the initials of the Regimental Commander for ease of recovery of the
equipment after each operation.
Equipment for the 101st Airborne Division was marked as follows: G with lightning bolt - Geronimo 501st
PIR, GVM - George Van Mosely 502nd PIR, RS - Robert Sink 506th PIR, BW - Ben Weissberg 377th FAB and
FL - Frank Lilyman Pathfinder Team.

The 101st Airborne Division was responsible the principal mission of assisting the landing of the 4th
Infantry Division and its passage inland from Utah Beach. The 502nd Parachute Infantry, with 377th
Parachute FAB landed on Drop Zone "A" with the task of destroying the enemy battery located west of
St. Martin-De-Varreville and to seize the western edge of the inundated back area of Utah Beach between
St. Martin-De-Varreville and Audouville-La-Hubert.

The reserve parachute has been cut from this pack. The six bungee's are white with a blue trace color. The
War Department Form 46, Parachute Log Record, is also missing from this pack.
Parachute Reserve Model T-5, Paratrooper