The 507th in Normandy & Germany The complete jump rosters and aircrew for Operations Neptune and Varsity.
by: Brian N. Siddall 2007
For $25, this book is a great resource for anyone doing an airborne impression, let alone anyone doing an 82nd 507th PIR impression. It is a soft cover book with 174 pages.
The book is simply a book of lists, but what lists they are! However, there is some very good first person accounts give on several pages at the end of the book.
For the majority of the book you get a detailed accounting of each stick … also referred to as Chalk. Each page details two plains with Tail Number, Squadron, Squadron, ID, Chalk # and Serial. The aircrew for the plain is also detailed with Army Serial Number, Rank, Full Name, and Position (Pilot, Co-Pilot, etc).
The list also includes a detailed list of the Paratroopers assigned to that plain giving the Drop Order, Army Serial Number, Rank, Full Name, and Company.
I am amazed by the mix of companies on some of the plains. While on most of the plains, they were all from the same company.
The last item to be detailed is the Bundles. It gives you the rack number, contents (mines, rations, mortar, etc), and gross weight.
The author also provides a cross reference between an alphabetical listing of names and the book page number so that you can quickly find a particular individual.
Also of value, the author provides a Provisional Roster of the Ardennes Campaign.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for more in-depth knowledge of the 507th PIR and anyone wanting to better understand the 82nd Airborne and airborne operations in general.
“They gave up all of their tomorrows for your today”, Wally Parr – British 6th AB
Post by CharleyNovember on Jan 11, 2011 2:01:27 GMT -5
Speaking of the 507 I have a book 507th PIR Normandie, Ardennes, Allemagne by Dominique Francois. IT covers training through combat photos and is in both English and French. PRetty good book. I bought it when I was deciding what unit to do but ultimatley decided to do 505. It's hardcover but one of the corners is dogearred. Doesn't effect the book but still. I'd sell it real cheap if you think you could use it Terry.
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