No chutes is actually realistic. It takes about a 1000 feet for a shoot to deploy safely and fully. In bf1942 the altitude is usually really low so not having chutes is a good idea.
Would it be possible to increase the time for the chute to deploy?
If you could set that to between 5-10 seconds then that would still allow pilots to bail providing they have the height, whilst stopping the base jumpers from dropping from windows/bridges.
So it's a case of all or nothing with the chutes then? I'd say leave them out (except on the para-drop maps obviously).
There is a poll on the subject of parachutes... just for future reference :)
Spotted and voted in it.