IX Troop Carrier Command - 82nd Airborne Division

Lewis H. Breton

Paul L. Williams

Julian M. Chappell

Maurice Beach

Charles H. Young

Frank X. Krebs

Matthew B. Ridgway

James M. Gavin

William E. Ekman

Frederick C. Kellman

Arthur M. Stephanich

Benjamin H. Vandervoort
'Boston' was the second of two combat jumps, with 'Mission Albany' preceding it by one hour to drop the 101st Airborne Division. Each mission consisted of three regimental-sized air landings. Drop Zones T and N were west of the Merderet River from north to south, and Drop Zone O was east of it, just northwest of Sainte-Mère-Église.
The main combat assaults were preceded at each drop zone by three teams of pathfinders that arrived thirty minutes before the main assault to set up navigation aids, including Eureka radar transponder beacons and marker lights, to aid the C-47s in locating the DZs in the dark.
The 82nd Airborne Division's objectives were to capture the town of Sainte-Mère-Église, a crucial communications crossroad behind Utah Beach, and to block the approaches into the area from the west and southwest. They were to seize causeways and bridges over the Merderet at La Fière and Chef-du-Pont, destroy the highway bridge over the Douve River at Pont l'Abbé (now Étienville), and secure the area west of Sainte-Mère-Église to establish a defensive line between Gourbesville and Renouf.
The drops were scattered by bad weather and German anti-aircraft fire over an area three to four times as large as that planned. Two inexperienced units of the 82nd Airborne Division, the 507th and 508th Parachute Infantry Regiments, were given the mission of blocking approaches west of the Merderet River, but most of their paratroops missed their drop zones entirely. The veteran 505th PIR jumped accurately and captured its objective, the town of Sainte-Mère-Église, which proved essential to the success of the division.
6 June 44
Hour Unit #Plane Air Force #AC Airfield DZ - LZ
0121 82nd Pathfinder 10 - 11 - 12 1st P/F 3 North Witham (479) DZ "N"
0138 82nd Pathfinder 16 - 17 - 18 1st P/F 3 North Witham (479) DZ "N"
0151 2/505th PIR 1-36 316th TCG 36 Cottesmore (489) DZ "O"
0157 3/505th PIR 37-72 316th TCG 36 Cottesmore (489) DZ "O"
0202 82nd Pathfinder 13 - 14 - 15 1st P/F 3 North Witham (479) DZ "T"
0203 1/505th PIR 1-48 315th TCG 48 Spanhoe (493) DZ "O"
0208 2/508th PIR 1-36 314th TCG 36 Saltby (538) DZ "N"
0214 Regt Hq 508th PIR 37-60 314th TCG 24 Saltby (538) DZ "N"
0220 1/508th PIR 1-36 313th TCG 36 Folkingham (484) DZ "N"
0226 3/508th PIR 37-72 313th TCG 36 Folkingham (484) DZ "N"
0232 2/507th PIR 1-36 61st TCG 36 Barkston Heath (483) DZ "T"
0238 3/507th PIR 37-72 61st TCG 36 Barkston Heath (483) DZ "T"
0244 1/507th PIR 1-45 442nd TCG 45 Fulbeck (488) DZ "T"