Magneville in 1944 – Manche – Battle of Normandy

Magneville (Manche)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 17, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau américain 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division

Drapeau américain 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

Drapeau nazi Grenadier-Regiment 1049, 77. Infanterie-Division


This page is devoted to the history of the commune of Magneville in the department of Manche. Several municipalities bearing the name of Magneville in this department, I would like to state in preamble that this is the village located 5 kilometers south-east of Bricquebec (postal code 50260 and common code 50285).

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the German Air Defense fought Douglas C-47 “Donna Mae”, piloted by Lieutenant Pullen and registered 42-100905 of the 95th Transport Squadron (440th Troop Carrier Group, 50th Troop Carrier Wing, 9th Troop Carrier Command) carrying 18 American paratroopers belonging to the 1st section of Company I of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. The aircraft crashed shortly before 1 hour 40 in the town of Magneville, killing all the paratroopers and the 4 crew members at once. The bodies of the victims are buried by the inhabitants of the village in the communal cemetery, with the authorization of the Germans.

On June 10, another US aircraft, hit by the German anti-aircraft defense in Negreville, crashed on the Magneville lands at La Croix des Aulnays: the bomber B-26 Marauder 42-107574 belonging to the 346th Bomb Squadron (344th Bomber Group, 99th Combat Bomb Wing, 9th Bomber Command). The six crew members are killed during the crash and the remains are buried in the common grave of the Magneville cemetery.

On June 17, the 39th Infantry Regiment (9th Infantry Division) commanded by Colonel Harry A. Flint reached Magneville and captured it. The next day, advancing towards the south-west, he pushed a column of Grenadier-Regiment 1049 (77. Infanterie-Division) under the orders of the Oberst Rudolf Bacherer.

On 13 July, the 28 bodies of the victims of the two crashes were transferred to the US military cemetery at Blosville. Today, 6 of the 18 paratroopers are buried in the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery, where most of the American soldiers killed in combat have been buried.

Magneville maps:

Image : carte du secteur de Magneville - Bataille de Normandie en 1944