“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade…you will
bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the
elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of
Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world…”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
In November of 1943 General Gavin was temporarily attached to General Eisenhower's staff as senior airborne advisor to the Chief of Staff, Supreme Allied Command (COSSAC) group. COSSAC, located in England, was responsible for the planning of the cross-channel invasion of France, code named operation Overlord.
"In early April, 1944 the 505's sister regiment, the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, returned to England after spending four month's with Mark Clark's 5th Army in Italy. Twenty-five members of the 504's Parachute Infantry volunteered for detached service to fight in the invasion of Normandy. Seventeen were killed in action."
- Staff Sergeant Ross Carter 504-PIR
On the night of June 5th 1944 there was an explosion at Spanhoe Airfield. While waiting to take off, a gammon grenade accidently exploded inside of a C-47 full of paratroopers.
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