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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 Ralph S. McGill 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Second Lieutenant Charles R. Ames 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Sergeant Jerome Shapiro 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Sergeant John A. Turner 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Technical 4th Rolland J. Duff 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Corporal Russell B. Dillard 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Corporal Eddie A. Tamplen 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Corporal Peter J. Weathers 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Private First Class Robert J. Beaudine 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Private First Class Otto Eichelberg 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private First Class Ronald B. Nicholson 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Private First Class Louis C. Waldorf 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Curry M. Adderton 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, G Co
Private Ray A. Embree 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Edward W. Endsley 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Private Michael Evanick 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, G Co
Private Roy E. Norris 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Private William L. Robbins 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Bernard C. Shipton 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co
Private James O. Wallis 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Aircrew
First Lieutenant David Hamilton Pilot
Second Lieutenant Stanton F. Bierwith Co-pilot
Second Lieutenant Carl R. Jones Navigator
Technical Sergeant Melvin Doherty Crew Chief
Staff Sergeant Samuel Carlley Radio Operator