D-Day Paratroopers at Appear at C-47 Warbirds in Review Program

    One Served in 'Band of Brothers' Easy Company
    June 10, 2010 - EAA Warbirds of America is pleased and honored to announce that D-Day veterans Col. Ed Shames and 1st Lt. Fred Bahlau will be presenters at the popular Warbirds in Review Program during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Col. Shames and Lt. Bahlau will participate in the C-47 presentation at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the new Scotts Warbirds Alley aircraft display area. They'll join crew members of the C-47 Tico Belle, a C-47 with documented log book time of flying missions on D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and the postwar Berlin Airlift.

    Ed Shames was a member of Easy Company - 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, made famous by the HBO series, "Band of Brothers." He trained as an Army paratrooper in Toccoa, Georgia, then was sent to England in 1943. His unit, along with all the others, continued training there for the eventual invasion of France. On D-Day, he parachuted onto a dairy farm in France. Shames earned a battlefield commission in France and returned to England. His next jump was into occupied Holland during Operation Market Garden. Then it was off to Belgium, supporting the defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Shames now resides in Virginia.

    Fred Bahlau was a member of H Company - 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He also trained at Toccoa and shipped overseas before D-Day. Bahlau fought with distinction during the Battle of Normandy, earning a Silver Star for his actions. He later defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge and, after crossing the Rhine River into Germany, was a part of a unit assigned to guard Hitler's "Eagles Nest" in Berchtesgaden. During his time in combat, Bahlau earned three battlefield promotions. He now resides in Michigan.

    Tico Belle is owned and operated by the Valiant Air Command, Titusville, Florida.

    The Warbirds in Review session on July 27 should be an outstanding session. The C-47 crew members, along with the D-Day veterans, will share their experiences - not only flying the airplane, but also jumping out of it. Spectators will have the opportunity to interact with the crew and veterans following their presentation during a special Q & A period.



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