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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 Michael C. Chester 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co
Staff Sergeant Simon H. Hannig 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Sergeant James E. Jones 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Technical 5th Maynard S. Meyers 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Corporal Lewis D. Allen 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private First Class Jasper J. Bowman 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private First Class Leslie D. Freis 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private First Class John E. Ragle 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private First Class Philip F. Verduce 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private First Class William W. Young 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private Charles L. Burghduff 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private Charles S. Copping 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private James J. Currin 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private Edward Devonshuk 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private Robert M. Murphy 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co
Private George H. Purcell 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private Ralph Stout Jr 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Private Julius A. Wyngaert 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn
Aircrew
Captain Samuel W. Suttle Pilot
First Lieutenant Frank E. Hayden  
Flight Officer James W. Alwood  
Technical Sergeant Morris Brown