The 1st Independent Parachute Platoon was part of the 2nd (Independent) Parachute Brigade.
Formed when 1st Airborne Division was in Italy, some of whom joined the unit from 21st Independent Parachute Company, they initially helped establish parachute training facilities in Italy. Platoon members are believed to have assisted in the training of US Pathfinders prior to Op Dragoon to Southern France in August 1944.
On 15 August 1944, the 1st Independent Parachute Platoon took part in the operation and emplaned on aircraft to fly in formation with Mitchell Bombers on-route to a target. The Platoon jumped in at 0320, securing the Drop Zone "O" and established their Eureka beacon and navigational aids in advance of the 2nd Parachute Brigade.
Later the Platoon returned to Italy, and took part in Operation Manna to Greece.
Record under construction - compiled with assistance of Tim Bell
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