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The 507th, commanded by 1st Lt. Joseph, 507th Parachute Infantry, flight led by Captain Minor, Air Corps. Flight took off on time at North Witham. Dropped on designated DZ accurately, on time. At time of drop, pathfinder personnel and pathfinder aircraft were subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire. The jumpers, on reaching the ground, found themselves in a German Troop concentration. Due to aggressive action of enemy troops, the DZ was not set up according to SOP. No lights were turned on. One Eureka was set up by this pathfinder team twenty minutes prior to scheduled drop of first serial. Eurekas were triggered fifteen minutes prior to drop of first scheduled serial. All elements appeared on time. These elements were widely scattered upon arrival, apparently due to action of enemy anti-aircraft fire. A maximum of fifty aircraft dropped their parachutists on the DZ. Eureka remained in action twenty minutes after scheduled time of last serials. A few strays dropped after scheduled time.

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

 
Paratroopers
First Lieutenant John T. Joseph 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
First Lieutenant Claude V. Crooks Jr 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co
First Lieutenant James H. Goethe 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co
Sergeant William E. Consolvo 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Technical 5th Loyd F. Durfee 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co
Technical 4th Paul B. Thore 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co
Corporal Roy E. Neideffer 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co
Corporal Alexander F. Turlo 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private First Class Robert E. Kelley 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co
Private First Class Milton F. Nielson 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq
Private First Class Edward G. Miller 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co
Private First Class Thomas L. Rodgers 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private James S. Carper 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq
Private Arthur Caton Jr 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private William L. Gray 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Private Melvin E. Marshall 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private Thomas J. McCarty 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Private James M. McCormick 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq
Private John G. Saris 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3nd Bn, H Co
Aircrew
Captain Paul Minor Pilot
Second Lieutenant Henry Maxfield Co-pilot
Second Lieutenant Robert Keyser Navigator
Technical Sergeant Frank Welden Crew Chief
Staff Sergeant Nelson S. Renold Radio Operator