506th  Monument at Beuzeville

The monument at Beuzeville was only placed here on the anniversary of D-day 2000. It commemorates the air crew and troopers of "E" Company 506th PIR who perished when their plane was hit by German fire near St Mere Eglise. This C47 was one of many planes that disappeared into the Normandy countryside that night. Over 900 planes were deployed to bring the Parachute Infantry Regiments to Normandy. 1st Lt. Thomas Meehan was the company commander of Easy 506th, he was a late replacement for Lt. Sobel. Thomas Meehan had sent a last minute letter to his wife, just minutes before embarking on his DC3 for Normandy, an excerpt is printed below:

Dearest Anne In a few hours Im going to take the best company of men in the world to France. Well give the bastards hell. Strangely, I'm not particularly scared. But in my heart is a terrific longing to hold you in my arms. I love you Sweetheart-forever. Your Tom

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