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508th, commanded by Captain N. L. McRoberts of the 505th Parachute Infantry, Air Corps flight leader, Captain Miles, took off on time, from North Witham, made landfall on time, encountering little flak until over Saint Sauveur le Vicomte. Flak continued from Saint Sauveur le Vicomte to run in for drop. Anti-aircraft fire shifted from planes to jumpers at time of drop. Drop was on time, approximately one and one-half miles south and slightly east from previously selected DZ. Due to aggressive enemy action on the ground, lights were not able to be turned on with the exception of two; one of which was coded in the predesignated code. BUPS Beacon was set up and operating twenty minutes prior to arrival of first scheduled serial. One Eureka was set up and operating twenty minutes prior to first scheduled serial. Eureka was triggered approximately twelve minutes prior to drop time. BUPS Beacon was receiving definite tuning of homing planes.

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

 
Paratroopers
Second Lieutenant T. Murphy 82nd Airborne Div., 504th PIR
Second Lieutenant Lloyd L. Polette 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Sergeant Katsanis 82nd Airborne Div., 504th PIR
Cororal Ernest J. King 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Private First Class Murray E. Daly 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co
Private First Class Carl W. Jones 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private First Class Eddie Livington 82nd Airborne Div., 504th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co
Private First Class Beverly J. Moss 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn
Private First Class John Ternosky 82nd Airborne Div., 504th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co
Private First Class Robert L. Seale 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Private Robert A. Andreas 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Nick Forkapa 82nd Airborne Div., 504th PIR
Private John G. Gerard 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn
Private Frederick J. Infanger 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Howard Jessup 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Private Stanton H. Mesenbrink 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private John P. Perdue 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co
Private R. L. Seale 82nd Airborne Div.,
Private Norman C. Willis 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Aircrew
First Lieutenant C. Caudio Pilot
Second Lieutenant Elbert Hamilton  
Second Lieutenant R. Perez  
Second Lieutenant L. Vohs