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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 George R. O'Brien 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, Hq
Technical 5th Vincent Brophy 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, Hq
Technical 5th Robert C. Mitchell 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, Hq
Technical 4th William O. Armstrong 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co
Private First Class John R. Bergendahl 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, Hq
Private First Class Fred L. Burns 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co
Private First Class Walter E. Chaney 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Private First Class Amos R. Cundiff 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, B Co
Private First Class John Despot 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, Medical Co
Private First Class John D. Dickenson 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co
Private First Class Donald C. Hansen 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, B Co
Private First Class Warren H. Jones 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co
Private First Class John C. Mortzfeldt 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co
Private First Class Thomas E. Munden 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co
Private First Class Robert E. Olsen 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co
Private First Class Paul E. Pachowka 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co
Private First Class William R. Wolf 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co
Priavte Zigmund Hojnowski 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co
Private Thompson J. Morris 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co
Aircrew
First Lieutenant Edward B. McIntosh Pilot
Second Lieutenant Robert E. Hoffman Co-pilot
Second Lieutenant Fred S. Peter Navigator
Technical Sergeant Vito Bonasoro Crew Chief
Staff Sergeant Lloyd F. Klein Radio Operator