13th Airborne Division
Unit History
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     88th GIR
    326th GIR
    129th AEB
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    676th GFAB
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Major General Eldridge Chapman General Eldridge Chapman


Gen Matthew B Ridgway

Lt Gen Lewis H Brereton

Maj Gen Omar N. Bradley

517th PIR WW II
Medal of Honor Recipient

Pfc Melvin E Biddle


USAAF Airborne Troop Carriers in World War II

Camp Claiborne, Louisiana

ETO Cross Channel Attack (Hyperwar)
The 13th Airborne during World War II
Order of Battle

13th Airborne Division
"Black Cat Division"

The division insignia is a winged Unicorn in golden orange placed on an ultramarine blue shield. The Unicorn is associated, by tradition, with the qualities of virtue, courage and strength. The division is commonly known as the "Black Cat Division: because of the flaunting of superstition by its activation on Friday, 13 August 1943. (picture left)


Commanding General
6 Feb 1945 Maj. Gen. Elbridge G. Chapman

Assistant Division Commander
6 Feb 1945 Brig. Gen. Hammond M. Monroe

Artillery Commander
6 Feb 1945 Brig. Gen. Eric S. Molitor

Chief of Staff
6 Feb 1945 Col. Hugh P. Harris

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1
6 Feb 1945 Lt. Col. Bernard G. Teeters

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2
6 Feb 1945 Lt. Col. William J. Blythe

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3
6 Feb 1945 Lt. Col. Frederick O. Hartel

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4
6 Feb 1945 Lt. Col. Sigfried E. Carlson

< Adjutant General
6 Feb 1945 Lt. Col. Samuel A. Lewis

Commanding Officer, 515th Parachute Infantry
6 Feb 1945 Lt. Col. Harley N. Trice
12 Feb 1945 Col. Harvey J. Jablonsky

Commanding Officer, 517th Parachute Infantry
1 Mar 1944 (Regiment assigned) Col. Rupert D. Graves

Commanding Officer, 88th Glider Infantry (Regiment disbanded 1 Mar 45)
6 Feb 1945 Col. Samuel Roth

Commanding Officer, 326th Glider Infantry
6 Feb 45 Col. William O. Poindexter


13 August 1943 Activated
6 February 1945 Arrived ETO
10 February 1945 Arrived Continent (D+ 249)
No Combat Entered Combat
0 Days in Combat

Casualties (Tentative)
Did Not Enter Combat

Individual Awards
Legion of Merit 6
Bronze Star 39
Prisoners of War Taken 0


515th Parachute Infantry

517th Parachute Infantry [assigned 1 Mar 45 reorganization]

88th Glider Infantry [disbanded 1 Mar 45 reorganization]

326th Glider Infantry

13th Parachute Maintenance Company

129th Airborne Engineer Battalion

222d Airborne Medical Company

153d Airborne Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion

13th Airborne Division Artillery

676th Glider Field Artillery Battalion

677th Glider Field Artillery Battalion

458th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion

460th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion [assigned 1 Mar 45 reorganization]

Special Troops [Headquarters activated 1 Mar 45]

713th Airborne Ordnance Company

409th Airborne Quartermaster Company

513th Airborne Signal Company

Military Police Platoon

Headquarters Company

Reconnaissance Platoon






Assignmentand Attachment to Higher Units

6 Feb 45 XVIII Abn 1st Allied Abn ETOUSA
2 Apr 45 (-) (-)
3 Apr 45 XVIII Abn Oise Sect., Com Z (Sup & Admin)

Command Posts

6 Feb 45 Camp Lucky Strike Seine-Inferieure France
24 Feb 45 Auxerre Yonne France
4 Apr 45 Airfield A-48 (vic. Arpajon) Seine-et-Oise France

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