September 18, 1944
Aldermaston, England; U.S. Army Air Corps Station 467
Brigadier General Anthony C.
McAuliffe, Commander of Division Artillery of the 101st Airborne
Division, speaks to flight crew members of the 434th Troop
Carrier Group prior to the allied invasion of Holland,
code named 'MARKET-GARDEN'. 'MARKET' was the code name for
the airborne half of the operation, and 'GARDEN', the name
for the ground forces mission. The C-47 aircraft (above) display
the squadron code "CU" of the 72nd Troop Carrier
Squadron of the 434th Troop Carrier Group. The other three
squadrons of the 434th TCG stationed at Aldermaston were the
71st, "CJ"; 73rd "CN"; and the 74th, "ID".
In December 1944, General McAuliffe
was acting Commander of the 101st Airborne Division and other
attached troops during the siege of Bastogne, Belgium. When
the division became surrounded and the Germans demanded their
surrender, he sent back a one-word reply "NUTS",
probably the most famous quote of World War II.