Airborne and air assault D-Day serials – Normandy 1944

Composition of the D-Day serials

Aerial operations of the Normandy landing

Each of the parachute infantry regiments is embarked on board three to four aircraft formations (called “serials”). These formations or serials are composed according to the cases of 36, 45 or 54 Dakota C-47 aircraft and are spaced apart by six minutes over the drop zone. On board the Dakota, the paratroopers form a “stick” of 15 to 18 men according to the equipment transported.

This page allows you to discover the composition of the squadrons carrying the paratroopers and glidermen on 6 and 7 June 1944. The diagrams show the formations used by the pilots whose names are inscribed when they are known, as well as the planes shot down over Normandy or damaged at sea.


 D-Day – June 6, 1944

 Image : 101ème division aéroportée  Mission Albany (101st Airborne Division)

Serial

Airborne units
Pathfinders of the 101st Airborne Division
2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment
Eléments du 1st & 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment
377th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Field Artillery Battalion, det. 326th Airborne Medical Company
1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Division HQ, Artillery, Signal
1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, elem. C Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, det. 326th Airborne Medical Company
3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, elem. C Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, supply

Image : 82ème division aéroportée  Mission Boston (82nd Airborne Division)

Serials

Airborne
unit

Pathfinders of the 82nd Airborne Division
2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
3rd Bataillon, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2 platoons of the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, HQ 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1 platoon of the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, det. Division HQ.
2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
HQ 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, B Company 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion
1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion and HQ, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Image : 101ème division aéroportée  Mission Chicago (101st Airborne Division)

Serials

Air transported unit
101st Airborne Division

Image : 82ème division aéroportée  Mission Detroit (82nd Airborne Division)

Serials

Air transported unit
82nd Airborne Division

Image : 101ème division aéroportée  Mission Keokuk (101st Airborne Division)

Serials

Air transported unit
101st Airborne Division

Image : 82ème division aéroportée  Mission Elmira (82nd Airborne Division)

Serials

Air transported unit
82nd Airborne Division
82nd Airborne Division
82nd Airborne Division

 


 D-Day + 1

Image : 82ème division aéroportée Mission Galveston (82nd Airborne Division) – June 7, 1944

Serials
Air transported unit
82nd Airborne Division
82nd Airborne Division

Image : 82ème division aéroportée Mission Hackensack (82nd Airborne Division) – June 7, 1944

Serials

Air transported unit
82nd Airborne Division
82nd Airborne Division

Mission Freeport –  June 7, 1944

Serials

Air transported material
Air supply
Air supply