1944 BSA Airborne Paratrooper Bicycle (# R49431)

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BRITISH TROOPS with BSA AIRBORNE BICYCLES

Seventy years ago, my father, G.W.D Slack, fought in Normandy on D-Day. Like many who served, he seldom spoke of his experiences, but did recount one story to me when I was a child.

Before the Channel crossing, he was given a heavy pedal bike which he carried onto a boat, then onto a landing craft and eventually ashore on his arrival at Sword Beach.

After crossing the beach, under enemy fire, still carrying the bike, he made his way to the road and was about to ride forward in the attack when an officer told him to get rid of his bike and walk as there were mines everywhere.

He passed away in October 2012 and left me his medals.

– letter from George Slack, Daily Mail, 5th June, 2014

Preparation for D-Day actually started in august 1943, with the Allies’ preliminary plan. On 6th June 1944, 156,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy. Five days later, a total of 326,657 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been delivered to the beaches. It became the largest single military operation in history.

 

1944 BSA Airborne Paratrooper Bicycle

Frame No R49431

War Grade Tyres 

BSA Saddle

EXCELLENT ORIGINAL UNRESTORED CONDITION

1944 BSA Airborne # R49431 is in superb unrestored original condition, and it rides well. The BSA handlebar grips are reproduction but all the other parts are original. The handlebar is dented on the left side at the top.

Both original transfers (decals) are intact, it has usable War Grade tyres (one has been repaired), and a good condition BSA saddle. The retractable pedals operate freely, and the bicycle folds easily.

It’s not easy to find good original unrestred examples these days. This is as good as any original BSA Airborne I’ve come across recently, and it’s ready to use and display.

 

 

 

 

 D-DAY 5th JUNE 1944

CANADIAN INFANTRY WITH BSA AIRBORNE BICYCLES:

HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY

WEST NOVA SCOTIA HIGHLANDERS

JUNO BEACH CANADIAN TROOPS 2

JUNO BEACH CANDIAN TROOPS

JUNO BEACH CANADIAN TROOPS 4

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WW2 BSA AIRBORNE FOLDED

and compared with

WW1 BSA MILITARY FOLDING BICYCLE

 

BSA LAMP BRACKET

BSA MILITARY FRONT BRAKE

 

BSA MIITARY REAR BRAKE

 

UNFOLDING THE AIRBORNE: TOP WING NUT

 

UNFOLDING THE AIRBORNE: BOTTOM WING NUT

 

QUEEN MARY INSPECTING THE TROOPS

WAR GRADE TYRES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTWAR: BSA AIRBORNE ARMY SURPLUS SALES