yantaylor wrote: ↑05 Sep 2021 20:13Hi everyone.
Did the M3 Sub-Machine Gun ever replace the Thompson in WW2?, as rifle companies go, the squads were equipped with M1 Rifles and BARs, any SMGs seemed to be kept at company HQ and issued for patrol leaders. Did the M3 mainly get issued to truck drivers, despatch riders and tank crews?
Publicity photos taken at Exeter airfield on June 4, 1944. The soldier with the M3 submachine gun is Lt. Alex Bobuck, Battalion S-1, HQ3/506 PIR. The man checking his parachutes is Lt. Colonel Robert Wolverton.
Soldier in the pictures T/5 William Atlee, clerk and message runner, HQ3/506 PIR. Images dated June 4, 1944, except for top right photo made the next day. The soldier in the foreground at lower right is John Taormina.
Six men on the same plane carried Thompson M1 submachine guns, including S/Sgt John Taormina (communications), T/4 Joseph Gorenc (Assistant S-3), T/5 Jack Harrison (radio operator), Pfc. Donald Ross (message runner), Pvt. Jesse Cross (recon section), and Pvt. Anthony Wincenciak (message runner). I just discovered that Taormina passed away a few months ago, aged 101 years.