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TEAM "D" was scheduled to be dropped at 0030 at point 392-889. Actual drop was made west of St. Come-du-Mont from points 373-992 south to 378-879 at approximately 0047. This jump was carried out under intense enemy MG fire and anti-aircraft fire. Assembly of the three sticks was impossible although Lt. Watson, 501st Parachute Infantry and Cpl Beaver did establish one Eureka on DZ which was in operation and being triggered by A/C on scheduled time. Twenty-three of this Team of 54 officers and enlisted men are still carried as MIA and are believed to be prisoners of war. Stick leader of Stick 3, 506th Parachute Infantry, Mr. Dillburn, WOJG, has been reported PW by Capt. Brown who likewise was captured but who later escaped.

(Source: Report of D-Day Pathfinders activities - 1 July 1944)

 
Paratroopers
Captain Frank L. Brown 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
First Lieutenant Joseph G. McGregor 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Second Lieutenant James V. Haslam 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq
Sergeant Joseph Bass 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Technical 5th Richard H. Beaver 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn,
Corporal Thorwald K. Larsen 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Corporal Hiliary J. McKenna 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Corporal Russell G. Waller 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn,
Private First Class Robert A. Howarth 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co
Private First Class Manuel Peralis 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private First Class Robert E. Sechrist 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn,
Private John J. Bouska 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Robert J. Miliski 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Leonard J. Newcomb 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Private Ralph A. Newton 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co
Private Walter V. Olender 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Theodore T. Piers 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Eugene L. Schuler 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co
Private Harold E. Sellers 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 2nd Bn,
Aircrew
Jackobson Pilot
  Co-pilot
  Navigator
  Crew Chief
  Radio Operator