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On the night of 5/6 June these men would land on the Cotentin Peninsula. (82nd Airborne Museum) SPEARHEAD: 82ND AIRBORNE 36 IN ACTION Above: Dated 4]une 1944, this photograph of a group of 'Glider Riders' (probably the 32Sth) have been hanging around for some time waiting for the order to go (the drop was eventually postponed for 24 hours). ote the chap 'aiming' his bazooka at someone off camera. The two troopers to his left are carrying containers of ammunition for the bazooka. The Horsa they are about to board speaks of hasty reassignmentit displays very roughly applied invasion stripes and someone has marked out, but not had time to finish painting, a US 'star 'n' bar' cockade over the British roundel.
They would, however, drop inland to serve as a blocking force preventing reinforcements reaching the invasion beaches, and simultaneously seizing vital roads and bridges that would enable a breakout from the beachhead in due course. As ever they would also create as much confusion and havoc as possible in the enemy rear. The US airborne troops were to arrive in Normandy in three different ways. Some 18,000 men from the 82nd and IOIst would drop by parachute. Close behind them would be the gliders, and finally a small contingent (principally artillery) would come in across Utah Beach.
Taken by the CO of the 439th (the wing of whose C-47 can be seen) the picture is made more interesting as everyone on the aircraft is known. 1-Lt Melvin Ullrick led the stick which consisted of S/Sgt oel E. Morrison, Sgt William Kero, TIS Russel S. Anderson, Pfcs Garo Kirkorian, Raymond H. Slocum, Carmen]. Western and Pvts Alexander S. emeth, Robert R. Freel, Joseph E. Jobora, Hutchel B. Stansbury, Raymond H. Geroux, James W. Pembleton and Howard Miller. The aircraft was piloted by 1-Lt Henry L.