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U.S Signal Corps publicity pictures and films taken on June 5th, 1944, of the men of Stick #1, 3rd Battalion HQ Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, at Exeter Airfield, England, where they were preparing for their D-Day jump into Normandy, France.
Interestingly, the group were pictured in front of plane #2 "Lady Lilian" in these pictures, but would actually jump from plane #1 "Stoy Hora" on D-Day.
Here we see 1Lt Alex Bobuck adressing his men. Stick #1 paratroopers roster:
LTC Robert Lee Wolverton, 3rd Battalion Commanding Officer, KIA on D-Day.
Captain Stanley E. Morgan, 3rd Battalion Surgeon, taken POW on D-Day until 8th June.
1Lt Alex Bobuck, taken POW on D-Day until 8th June. (To the right in above picture facing his men)
SSgt William L. Pauli, Communications, taken POW until 8th June.
Sgt John A. Taormina, POW until April 1945.
Sgt Thomas E. Newell, medic, Pow until 8th June (2nd from left facing forward).
Sgt Alexander Nagy.
Cpl Ray Calandrella, POW until August 1944 when he escaped (3rd from left, bending over).
T/4 Joseph F. Gorenc, escaped POW train.
T/5 William H. Atlee, KIA on D-Day.
T/5 Jack W. Harrison, Communication, KIA on D-Day (3rd from right).
T/5 Charles D. Riley
Pfc Harry H. Howard, Radio Ops (2nd from right).
Pfc Donald C. Ross, POW until April 1945.
Pvt John A. Rinehart, pigeons man, KIA on D-Day (4th from right with pigeon carrier).
Pvt Jesse R. Cross.
Pvt Anthony M. Wincenciak, KIA in Normandy.