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Pathfinders

Plane #1 - Team A

TEAM "A" was scheduled to land at point on DZ "A" of 389-968 flying from NW to SE at 0020, June 6, 1944. Actual landing was made in vicinity of St. Germaine de-Varreville (394-994) and flying from ENE to WSW at approximately 0015. All three sticks dropped together and could be seen together but were considerably strung out with the last man in each aircraft landing near Beuzeville-au-Plain (370-985). Upon assembly and orientation it was the decision of Capt. Lillyman to select the best available field in the immediate area and establish the Radar and Light Aids. Enemy fire had been received from the vicinity of Fucarville, from the beach area and from the vicinity of Audouville la-Hubert. There was no enemy fire.

Paratroopers

Captain Frank I. Lillyman 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

First Lieutenant Robert S. Dixon 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, Hq

First Lieutenant Samuel McCarter 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 1st Bn, Hq

Second Lieutenant Reed Pelfrey 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, Hq

Technical 5th Thomas C. Walton 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Technical 5th Owen R. Council 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, Hq

Private First Class Delbert A. Jones 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private First Class Phillip Sangenario 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private First Class Frederick A. Wilhelm 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private James J. Bement 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Jarris C. Clark 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Paul O. Davis 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private John H. Funk 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private John S. MacFarlen 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, Hq

Private August M. Mangoni 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private John G. Ott 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, Hq

Private Francis A. Rocca 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 1st Bn, C Co

Private Raymond Smith 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Buford R. Williams 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private John S. Zamanakos 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, Hq

Aircrew

Lieutenant Colonel Joel Crouch Pilot

Captain Vito Pedone Co-pilot

Captain William Culp Navigator

Plane #2 - Team A

Paratroopers

Captain Henry G. Plitt 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, Hq

Second Lieutenant Napoleon T. Lavalle 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, Hq

Technical 5th Glenn B. Braddok 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private First Class Clifford C. Gorton 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private First Class William F. Haas 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, Medical Co

Private First Class John Kleinfelder 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private First Class William B.. Mench 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private First Class Roy B. Stephens 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private First Class Ernest E. Stone 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private First Class Vincent C. Wallace 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private First Class Rog William 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Louis F. Banft 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private George C. Dagres 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Wilfred Deslauriers 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Gilbert Driscoll 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private James E. Elliot 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Bernard L. Ormsbee 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Francis C. Rocca 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Philip A. Sangenario 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Plane #3 - Team A

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Plane #4 - Team C

TEAM "C" was scheduled to drop on DZ C at 0025 at Point 399928. Actual drop was made at 394-929 for one stick (Lt. Kessler, Stick 1 506th) and at 406-918 with remaining Stick, Lt. Faith, Stick 3, 501st Parachute Infantry. Base Stick, Stick 2, 506th, Lt. Rothwell Jumpmaster was forced down in the channel, time, place and cause unknown but reports have been received to the effect that the entire plane load was safely returned to England after going down.

Paratroopers

First Lieutenant Gordon O. Rothwell 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Second Lieutenant Rolf Michaelis 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

First Sergeant Charles R. Malley 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co

Corporal Calvin Jackson 101st Airborne Div., 326th Abn Engineers

Corporal Jack E. Mattz 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Corporal Richard Wright 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private First Class Robert R. Blankenship 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Private First Class Carl L. Fenstermaker 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private First Class Stephen Pustola 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co

Private First Class John Sherbon 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Private First Class Lachlan M. Tillman 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Private First Class John W. Wright 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Private Frederick Linacre 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Private Henry Meehan 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Private Charles Partlow 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Private Jerome E. Werbela 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Private James William Wheeler 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq

Private John White 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Aircrew

Captain Clyde Taylor Pilot

Hal Sperber Co-pilot

Preston Corsa Navigator

Marvin Blckbum Crew Chief

Waters Radio Operator

Plane #5 - Team C

Paratroopers

First Lieutenant Roy H. Kessler 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Second Lieutenant Walter Amerman 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Sergeant Walter H. Skeen 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Corporal LeRoy Sholenberg 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private First Class Donald W. Carter 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private First Class Eugene D. Doerr 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private First Class Harold G. Duty 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private First Class Terrence C. Harris 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private First Class Cleo W. Mars 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co

Private Leo C. Bert 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private George H. Blain 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private Harold W. Combs 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private John Rozsman 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private Robert Pollard 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private Manderson V. Pullin 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private George H. Slater 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Private Fred J. Taylor 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 1st Bn,

Plane #6 - Team C

Paratroopers

First Lieutenant John W. Ell 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co

Second Lieutenant Charles M. Faith 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Staff Sergeant Chester Garretson 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn,

Technical 5th Henry J. Billings 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Private First Class Lawrence R. Burgeon 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

Private First Class Kendell C. Lewis 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

Private William J. Dooley 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, ICo

Private Everly Spencer E. 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Private Edmund L. Gregoire 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

Private Alvin Haux 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Private Lester Hunt 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Private Donald J. McDougall 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private Michael Rofar 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

PrivateErnest A. Robinson 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Private George L. Sarlas 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Private Stanley S. Suwarsky 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private Bert V. Tadean 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

Private Henry C. Taylor 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

Plane #7 - Team D

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.

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

Plane #8 - Team D

Paratroopers

Second Lieutenant John H. Crow 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Second Lieutenant Albert E. Watson 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, A Co

Sergeant Warren K. McGinley 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, C Co

Sergeant John O'Shaughnessy 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Technical 5th John E. Eagen 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Technical 5th Jsoeph Haller 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn,

Corporal Delbert S. Brazzle 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn,

Private First Class George A. Adomitis 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn,

Private First Class Charles E. Coleman 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private First Class Paul M. Fletcher 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn,B Co

Private First Class Stephen Via Jr 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private Alvin Daley 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private Lubomir Dejanovich 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn,

Private David W. Hadley 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn,

Private Clarence J. Jack 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, A Co

Private John D. Mishler 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private John O. Ryan 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private Thomas M. Walker 101st Airborne Div., 501st PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Plane #9 - Team D

Paratroopers

Second Lieutenant John T. Windish 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

Warrant Officer Ernest L. Dilbrun 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Sergeant Thayer Carlton 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Sergeant Sidney L. McCallum 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Technical 5th Erwin F. Zahnadnik 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Technical 4th Louis B. Tuttle 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Corporal James A. Benson 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private First Class Jack L. Brown 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private First Class Wilbur D. Croteau 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co

Private First Class John D. Edwards 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private First Class George Kenfield 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private First Class Edmund Lojko 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private First Class John J. Houk 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private First Class William Weber 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private George McMillan 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private David D. Morgan 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private Dell T. Ripple 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Private Raymond J. Schaneer 101st Airborne Div., 506th PIR, 3rd Bn,

Plane #10 - 505th Team

The 505th pathfinder team, commanded by 1st Lt. James J. Smith, Air Corps Commanding Officer Captain Kirkpatrick, took off as per schedule. Encountering little flak on the run in from landfall to DZ, dropped within 400 yards of previously designated pinpoint. The drop was six minutes early. The DZ was set up as per SOP, with the exception of one battalion light tee. This tee was not put into action due to the faulty assembly. Eurekas were set up within ten minutes of drop time. Eurekas were first triggered fifteen minutes from the time of the first element drop. Three serials dropped on and near the 505th pinpoint. All serials were approximately ten minutes early. The first serial dropped southeast of lighted tee, approximately one-half mile. The second serial dropped directly over lighted tee. The third serial dropped north by approximately one-half mile. The third serial appeared to be travelling at a speed of at least 150 miles per hour, at time of drop. Several jumpers sustained ruptures, due to the excessive speed.

Paratroopers

First Lieutenant J. J. Smith 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Second Lieutenant Robert B. Bales 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private First Class Anthony J. Demayo 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private First Class Julius Eisner 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, D Co

Private First Class William E. Embury 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private First Class Virgil W. Newman 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private First Class Dennis G. O'Loughlin 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private Fred E. Golden 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private Lee E. Lovelady 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 2nd Bn

Aircrew

Captain William S. Kirkpatrick Pilot

First Lieutenant Charles W. Bossardet 

First Lieutenant Frank J. Liske 

First Lieutenant Charles F. Schoene Jr 

Plane #11 - 505th Team

Plane #12 - 505th Team

Paratroopers

First Lieutenant Michael C. Chester 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co

Staff Sergeant Simon H. Hannig 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Sergeant James E. Jones 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Technical 5th Maynard S. Meyers 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Corporal Lewis D. Allen 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private First Class Jasper J. Bowman 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private First Class Leslie D. Freis 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private First Class John E. Ragle 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private First Class Philip F. Verduce 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private First Class William W. Young 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private Charles L. Burghduff 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private Charles S. Copping 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private James J. Currin 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private Edward Devonshuk 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private Robert M. Murphy 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co

Private George H. Purcell 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private Ralph Stout Jr 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Private Julius A. Wyngaert 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR, 1st Bn

Aircrew

Captain Samuel W. Suttle Pilot

First Lieutenant Frank E. Hayden 

Flight Officer James W. Alwood 

Technical Sergeant Morris Brown 

Plane #13 - 507th Team

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.

Paratroopers

First Lieutenant John T. Joseph 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co

First Lieutenant Claude V. Crooks Jr 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

First Lieutenant James H. Goethe 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co

Sergeant William E. Consolvo 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co

Technical 5th Loyd F. Durfee 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co

Technical 4th Paul B. Thore 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

Corporal Roy E. Neideffer 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

Corporal Alexander F. Turlo 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co

Private First Class Robert E. Kelley 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co

Private First Class Milton F. Nielson 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Private First Class Edward G. Miller 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, I Co

Private First Class Thomas L. Rodgers 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co

Private James S. Carper 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Private Arthur Caton Jr 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co

Private William L. Gray 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq

Private Melvin E. Marshall 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co

Private Thomas J. McCarty 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq

Private James M. McCormick 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3rd Bn, Hq

Private John G. Saris 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 3nd Bn, H Co

Aircrew

Captain Paul Minor Pilot

Second Lieutenant Henry Maxfield Co-pilot

Second Lieutenant Robert Keyser Navigator

Technical Sergeant Frank Welden Crew Chief

Staff Sergeant Nelson S. Renold Radio Operator

Plane #14 - 507th Team

Paratroopers

First Lieutenant Ralph S. McGill 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co

Second Lieutenant Charles R. Ames 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Sergeant Jerome Shapiro 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq

Sergeant John A. Turner 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co

Technical 4th Rolland J. Duff 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq

Corporal Russell B. Dillard 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq

Corporal Eddie A. Tamplen 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co

Corporal Peter J. Weathers 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co

Private First Class Robert J. Beaudine 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, F Co

Private First Class Otto Eichelberg 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private First Class Ronald B. Nicholson 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq

Private First Class Louis C. Waldorf 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private Curry M. Adderton 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, G Co

Private Ray A. Embree 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private Edward W. Endsley 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq

Private Michael Evanick 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, G Co

Private Roy E. Norris 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, Hq

Private William L. Robbins 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private Bernard C. Shipton 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co

Private James O. Wallis 82nd Airborne Div., 507th PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Aircrew

First Lieutenant David Hamilton Pilot

Second Lieutenant Stanton F. Bierwith Co-pilot

Second Lieutenant Carl R. Jones Navigator

Technical Sergeant Melvin Doherty Crew Chief

Staff Sergeant Samuel Carlley Radio Operator

Plane #15 - 507th Team

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

Plane #16 - 508th Team

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.

Paratroopers

Captain Niels McRoberts 82nd Airborne Div., 505th PIR

Second Lieutenant Robert J. Weaver 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 1st Bn, Hq

Corporal R. J. Smith 82nd Airborne Div.,

Private First Class J. T. Barkley 82nd Airborne Div.,

Private First Class Paul Demciak 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private First Class Cipriano Gomez 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co

Private First Class Wilburn L. Sutler 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 1st Bn, C Co

Private A. B. Cannon 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 1st Bn, A Co

Private Donald E. Krause 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private Nicolas R. Trevino 82nd Airborne Div., 508th PIR, 1st Bn, B Co

Private James H. Weinerth 82nd Airborne Div.,

Aircrew

Miles Pilot

Gilliam 

Gene Wilger 

N. Herro 

Plane #17 - 508th Team

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

Plane #18 - 508th Team

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

Plane #19 - Team E

TEAM E was scheduled to drop on DZ C at 0027 at Point 393-927 and landed approximately 0029 at point 395-895. Both sticks were together when dropped and Lt. Driver assembled his entire stick in approximately ten minutes. Lt. Hensley was missing five men on the assembly. These two teams were to mark the LZ at two points withe base stick establishing the Eureka. Eureka was established at approximately 0330 by which time the two sticks had moved to the correct LZ's. Eurekas were turned on at 0350 and reception was made with transmitting aircraft prior to 0400. Both teams established lights but those established by Lt. Driver were knocked out by a landing Glider at approximately 0420. Lt. Hensley kept his lights on until approximately 0445.

Paratroopers

First Lieutenant Donald S. Driver 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Second Lieutenant James W. Tolar 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Technical 5th Richard R. Lisk 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Technical 5th Clifford J. McDowell 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Technical 5th Hugh W. Selby 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private First Class William G. Casey 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 3rd Bn, G Co

Private First Class Troy S. Estes 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private First Class Cleo G. Reed 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private First Class Howard Stiles 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 3rd Bn, H Co

Private Henry J. Bohleke 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Dominick Cherico 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private Lawrence F. Hall 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private Joseph Hatcher 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Harold D. Locke 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR, 2nd Bn, E Co

Private William G. Netterwold 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private David C. Parks 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private James H. Perkins 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Private Max S. Trujillo 101st Airborne Div., 502nd PIR,

Plane #20 - Team E

A study of the photographs above, reveal that almost all Pathfinders carried either a Thompson or the Garand. I think only two M3 Grease Gun are visible (plane #1 & #6) and I didn't even notice a single M1 Carbine (except one being held by one of the planes crew). So if reenacting a Pathfinder, you'd better be opting for either a Thompson or a Garand. 

The highest rank of all the Pathfinders was a Captain, although most planes where just commanded by a couple of Lt's.

Most of the M42 jump suits have been camouflaged up. However, even in the units that are clearly adopted this, you can still clearly see a couple of troopers that didn't do this and they do stand out. Why didn't they follow the trend? is it just a replacement jump suit? Who knows.

Although its very hard to see the waist lines of these Pathfinders, there is a distinct lack of M1911 Automatic Pistols where only one is visible out of all these guys... the very reverse to what we see in the reenacting field!  So thing may need to be done about the entire world wearing holsters. Especially the dreaded shoulder holster! If you own one... just don't wear it! I am struggling to find a single photograph of any pathfinders wearing one... these get joked about a little like the white T-shirts under the M42... farb etc... sorry to tell you fans of the shoulder holster.