1944 BSA Airborne Paratrooper Bicycle # R43613

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SWORD BEACH BRITISH TROOPSBRITISH 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_R43613

1944 BSA Airborne Paratrooper Bicycle

Frame No R43613

Firestone and Dunlop War Grade Tyres 

Brooks B17 Saddle

EXCELLENT ORIGINAL UNRESTORED CONDITION

1944 BSA Airborne # R43613 is in superb unrestored original condition, and it rides well.

Both original transfers (decals) are intact, it has excellent condition usable War Grade tyres, original handlebar grips, and a good condition original issue Brooks B17 saddle. The retractable pedals operate freely, and the bicycle folds easily.

This is the best original BSA Airborne I’ve seen, and it’s ready to use and display.

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 1944 BSA AIRBORNE_R43613 transfer

 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

 

 


1944 BSA AIRBORNE_R43613 transfer

BSA AIRBORNE FOLDED

 

 


1944 BSA AIRBORNE_R43613 transfer

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1944 BSA PARATROOPER BIKE 70

 

 

 


1944 BSA AIRBORNE_R43613 transfer

FRONT TYRE: FIRESTONE WAR GRADE

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1944 BSA AIRBORNE_R43613 transfer

REAR TYRE: DUNLOP WAR GRADE

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1944 BSA AIRBORNE_R43613 transfer

BROOKS B17 SADDLE

 

 

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1944 BSA PARATROOPER BIKE 07

1944 BSA PARATROOPER BIKE 08

 

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1944 BSA PARATROOPER BIKE 04

 

 

 

 

 

 

1944 BSA PARATROOPER BIKE 30

1944 BSA AIRBORNE_R43613 transfer

BSA JUNIOR PARABIKE v BSA AIRBORNE BICYCLE

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Compare the size of the Junior Parabike with an adult Airborne paratrooper bike: 18″ against 26″ wheels. When folded, the adult version is closer in size to the Junior.

The photo below illustrates the identical duplex frame tubing.

TO SEE THE 

1950 BSA JUNIOR PARABIKE GIRL’S MODEL PJ/2

PLEASE CLICK HERE

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1944 BSA AIRBORNE_R43613 transfer

 

1944 BSA PARATROOPER BIKE 80