November 24, 2003


Cpl. Joseph E. Oleskiewicz, a 101st Airborne Division paratrooper,
stands in the door of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain on the evening of
June 5, 1944 as his unit loaded up for the D-Day drop later that
evening. Note the chalk number on the airplane, 21. The jump-
master for Oleskiewicz's stick would have worn a placard labeled
21 to aid in ensuring that the correct units boarded the correct
planes. The interior wall of the plane would have also been
chalked "21" and records would reflect it as well.