82d Airborne in Normandy

Topics: 82nd Airborne Division, Airborne forces, Air assault Pages: 11 (3096 words) Published: June 21, 2013
INITIAL DRAFT FOR OVERLORD WAS ACCEPTED AT THE QUEBEC CONFERENCE IN AUGUST 1943 VERSIONS OF THE FINAL PLAN WERE BRIEFED IN APRIL AND MAY OF 1944 – NORMANDY LANDINGS WERE CODENAMED OPERATION NEPTUNE

BRITISH COMMONWEALTH FORCES WOULD SECURE EASTERN EDGE OF NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES; GOLD BEACH (UK); JUNO BEACH (UK & CAN); AND SWORD (UK & FFI), AS WELL AS BRITISH AIRBORNE FORCES BEING UTILIZED TO SECURE SEVERAL BRIDGES ACROSS THE ORNE RIVER & CANAL

AMERICANS WOULD SECURE OMAHA BEACH IN THE CENTER, AND UTAH BEACH ON THE WESTERN FLANK. 82D AND 101ST ABN DIVS WOULD BE DROPPED BEHIND THE UTAH BEACHED IN AND AROUND STE MERE EGLISE

DEPARTURE AIRFIELDS – PARACHUTE UNITS

MISSION BOSTON

AIRFIELD UNIT SERIAL # A/C DZ DROP TIME NORTH WITHAM505th PATHFINDERS43O0121
9 x C-47s508th PATHFINDERS53N0138 (incl 5 from 504th)
507th PATHFINDERS63T0202

COTTESMORE2/505th PIR1736O0151
72 x C-47s3/505TH PIR1836O0157
2 SECT 456TH PFAB
(2 x 75mm Pack Howitzers)

SPANHOE1/505TH PIR1948O0203
48 x C-47sHHC 505TH PIR
1 x PLT 307TH ENG
DET HQ 82ND ABN DIV

SALTBY2/508TH PIR2036N0208
60 x C-47sFORCE “A” HQ2124N0208
REGT HQ 508TH PIR
CO B (-) 307TH ENG

FOLKINGHAM1/508TH PIR2236N0220
72 x C-47s3/508TH PIR2336N0226

BARKSTON HEATH2/507th PIR2436T0232
72 x C-47s3/507th PIR2536T0238

FULBECKREGT HQ 507th PIR2645T0244
45 x C-47s1/507th PIR

C-47 AIRCRAFT - 378TOTAL PAX VIA PARACHUTE - 6420
DEPARTURE AIRFIELDS – GLIDER UNITS

06 JUNE - MISSION DETROIT

AIRFIELD UNIT SERIAL # A/C TYPE LZ LZ TIME RAMSBURYHQ 82ND ABN DIV2852CG-4AO0407
52 x CG-4ABTRY A & B 80TH ABN AA BN
82ND ABN DIVARTY
82ND ABN SIGNAL CO

06 JUNE - MISSION ELMIRA

AIRFIELD UNIT SERIAL # A/C TYPE LZ LZ TIME RAMSBURYHQ 80TH ABN AA BN30 8CG-4AW2110
8 x CG-4ABTRY C 80TH ABN AA BN 18HORSA
18 x HORSA82ND ABN DIVARTY
26 TOTAL82ND ABN SIGNAL CO

GREENHAM COMMONHQ 82ND ABN DIV3114CG-4AW2120
14 x CG-4A82ND ABN RECON PLT36HORSA
36 x HORSA82ND SIGNAL CO
50 TOTAL307TH ABN MED CO

MEMBURY82ND ABN DIVARTY322CG-4AW2300
2 x CG-4A319TH GFAB (12 x 75mm) 48HORSA
48 x HORSA320TH GFAB (12 x 105mm)
50 TOTALCO A 307TH AEB
307TH ABN MED CO

WELFORD320TH GFAB3312CG-4AW2310
12 x CG-4A38HORSA
38 x HORSA
50 TOTAL

07 JUNE - MISSION GALVESTON

AIRFIELD UNIT SERIAL # A/C TYPE LZ LZ TIME RAMSBURY1/325TH GIR3432CG-4AW0700
32 x CG-4ACO A 307TH AEB18HORSA
18 x HORSA
50 TOTAL

ALDERMASTONHHC 325TH GIR3550CG-4AW0710
50 x CG-4ACO A 307TH AEB
82ND ABN RECON PLT
82ND ABN DIVARTY
CMD VEHICLES – 508TH PIR

07 JUNE - MISSION HACKENSACK

AIRFIELD UNIT SERIAL # A/C TYPE LZ LZ TIME UPOTTERY2/325TH GIR3620CG-4AW0900
20 x CG-4A2/401ST GIR30HORSA
30 x HORSA
50 TOTAL

MERRYFIELDHQ 2/325TH GIR3750CG-4AW0910
50 x CG-4AHQ 2/401ST GIR
SERV CO 325TH GIR
CMD VEHICLES – 505TH, 507TH, 508TH PIR

WACO CG-4A 240
BRITISH HORSA 188
TOTAL A/C 428
TOTAL PAX VIA GLIDER3753

SHOW ROUTES ACROSS THE CHANNEL

MISSION OF THE DIVISION (As of 26 MAY 44):

“Land by parachute and glider before and after dawn of D-Day astride the MERDERET River, seize, clear and secure the general area: CR 261 938 – CR 265 958 – CR 269 975 – RJ 274 982 – RJ 283 992 – Bridge 308 897 – NEUVILLE AU PLAIN 340 985 – BANDIENVILLE 360 987 (show area on sandtable) within its zone; capture STE MERE EGLISE (349 965); seize and secure the crossings of the MERDERET River at (315 957 – la Fiere) and (321 930 – Chef-du-Pont), and a bridgehead covering them,...
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