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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
Serials 1 to 3 and 6a
Pathfinders of the 101st Airborne Division
Serial 7
2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 8
Eléments du 1st & 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 9
1st Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 10
377th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Field Artillery Battalion, det. 326th Airborne Medical Company
Serial 11
1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 12
2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 13
3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Division HQ, Artillery, Signal
Serial 14
1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 15
2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, elem. C Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, det. 326th Airborne Medical Company
Serial 16
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

Serials 4 to 6
Pathfinders of the 82nd Airborne Division
Serial 17
2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 18
3rd Bataillon, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2 platoons of the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
Serial 19
1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, HQ 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1 platoon of the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, det. Division HQ.
Serial 20
2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 21
HQ 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, B Company 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion
Serial 22
1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 23
3rd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 24
2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 25
3rd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Serial 26
1st Battalion and HQ, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
 

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

Serials

Air transported unit
Serial 27
101st Airborne Division
 

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

Serials

Air transported unit
Serial 28
82nd Airborne Division
 

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

Serials

Air transported unit
Serial 29
101st Airborne Division

 


 D-Day + 1

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

Serials

Air transported unit
Serial 37
82nd Airborne Division

 

Mission Freeport –  June 7, 1944

Serials

Air transported material
Serial 39
Supply

 

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