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American Airborne Invasion D-Day June 6, 1944

What do you know about the American Airborne Invasion D-Day June 6, 1944
Try this US World War II History Made Easy Quiz
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) The specific missions of the airborne divisions were to block approaches into the vicinity of the amphibious landing at Utah Beach, to capture causeway exits off the beaches, and to establish crossings over the Douve River at Carentan to assist the U.S. V Corps in merging the two American beachheads.Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE.  Did you know...

  • True or False?

2) Who commanded the 82nd Airborne Division?

  1. Omar N. Bradley
  2. Maxwell D. Taylor
  3. Matthew B. Ridgway

3) Who commanded the 101st Airborne Division?

  1. Omar N. Bradley
  2. Maxwell D. Taylor
  3. Matthew B. Ridgway

4) IX Troop Carrier Command (TCC) was formed in October 1943 to carry out the airborne assault mission in the invasion.  General Paul Williams took command in February 1944.  He had never commanded troop carrier operations.

  • True or False?

5) What was the principal aircraft used by the IX Troop Carrier Command?

  1. C-43 Skyrider
  2. C-47 Skytrain
  3. C-49-Skymaster

6) Of the total flight crews going into action for D-D, how many of all crews had never been under fire?

  1. One-third
  2. half
  3. three-fourths

7) About 1,200 aircraft went into the airborne attack.
How many aircraft were lost during the two days of operations?

  1. 42
  2. 84
  3. 126

8) To assist the pilots of the troop carrier groups in locating the six drop zones and two landing zones in the darkness, each division formed a company of scouts.
What did these scouts become known as?

  1. Pathfinders
  2. Gliders
  3. Searchers

9) Because of the requirement for absolute radio silence, plans were formulated on May 17 to mark aircraft including gliders with stripes to facilitate aircraft recognition.
What colors were the strips?

  1. Black & White
  2. Red, White, & Blue
  3. Green & Yellow

10) The original plan was to deliver the airborne troops via gliders instead of parachute drop.

  • True or False?

American Airborne Invasion D-Day June 6, 1944

1) True 2) C. 3) B. 4) False. Gen. Williams commanded troop carrier operations in Sicily and Italy. 5) B.
) C. 7) A. 8) A. 9) A. 10) True

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