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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 Edward T. Czepinski 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co
Second Lieutenant Gene H. Williams (KIA 20 June 44) 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Sergeant Robert V. Barbiaux 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Technical 5th Francis Lamoureux 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, GCo
Corporal Charles F. Calvert 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co
Private First Class Walter W. Harrelson (KIA 23 June 44) 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co
Private First Class Warren C. Jeffers 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private First Class Arnold H. Martin 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co
Private First Class Fayette O. Richardson 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co
Private Charles H. Rogers 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR,
Private First Class John E. Sternesky 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private John J. Baldassar 82nd Airborne Div., 504th PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co
Private Hal A. Murdock 82nd Airborne Div., 504th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co
Private Ralph W. Nicholson (KIA 17 June 44) 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private Cicero J. Parchman 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private Henry S. Pawlings (KIA 6 June 44) 82nd Airborne Div., 504th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private John R. Rigapoulos 82nd Airborne Div., 504th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co
Private Eric Stott 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq
Private Roscoe H. Walker 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co
Aircrew
First Lieutenant Lionel E. Wood Pilot
Delbert W. Hoffman Co-pilot
Second Lieutenant Charles D. Gunn Navigator
Staff Sergeant Harold Barr Crew Chief
Corporal Joe Comacho Radio Operator