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The 505th pathfinder team, commanded by 1st Lt. James J. Smith, Air Corps Commanding Officer Captain Kirkpatrick, took off as per schedule. Encountering little flak on the run in from landfall to DZ, dropped within 400 yards of previously designated pinpoint. The drop was six minutes early. The DZ was set up as per SOP, with the exception of one battalion light tee. This tee was not put into action due to the faulty assembly. Eurekas were set up within ten minutes of drop time. Eurekas were first triggered fifteen minutes from the time of the first element drop. Three serials dropped on and near the 505th pinpoint. All serials were approximately ten minutes early. The first serial dropped southeast of lighted tee, approximately one-half mile. The second serial dropped directly over lighted tee. The third serial dropped north by approximately one-half mile. The third serial appeared to be travelling at a speed of at least 150 miles per hour, at time of drop. Several jumpers sustained ruptures, due to the excessive speed.

(Source: Report of D-Day Pathfinders activities - 11 June 1944)

 
Paratroopers
First Lieutenant J. J. Smith 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Second Lieutenant Robert B. Bales 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private First Class Anthony J. Demayo 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private First Class Julius Eisner 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co
Private First Class William E. Embury 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private First Class Virgil W. Newman 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private First Class Dennis G. O'Loughlin 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Fred E. Golden 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Lee E. Lovelady 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn
Aircrew
Captain William S. Kirkpatrick Pilot
First Lieutenant Charles W. Bossardet  
First Lieutenant Frank J. Liske  
First Lieutenant Charles F. Schoene Jr