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Sainte-Mère-Église in Manche Département, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
 

House on Fire at Sainte-Mère-Église

 
 
House on Fire at Sainte-Mère-Église Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 18, 2012
1. House on Fire at Sainte-Mère-Église Marker
Inscription.
Ici emplacement de la maison
incendiée le 5–6 juin 1944

Here stood the house that
was afire on 5–6 June 1944


 
Location. 49° 24.509′ N, 1° 18.895′ W. Marker is in Sainte-Mère-Église, Basse-Normandie, in Manche Département. Marker can be reached from rue Eisenhower. Click for map. Marker is not visible from the road but is on the grounds of the Airborne Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 rue Eisenhower, Sainte-Mère-Église, Basse-Normandie 50480, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clifford A. Maughan P.F.C. (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); In Remembrance of the Airborne Spirit (about 180 meters away); 82nd and 101st Airborne on D-Day (about 180 meters away); General Gavin’s Foxhole (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); 6 June 1944 at LaFiere Bridge (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); PFC Charles DeGlopper Memorial (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); 80th Airborne Antiaircraft Battalion, 82nd Airborne Div. U.S. Army (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); U.S. Coast Guard Memorial at Utah Beach (approx. 10.2 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Sainte-Mère-Église.
 
Regarding House on Fire at Sainte-Mère-Église.
Marker on the Museum Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 18, 2012
2. Marker on the Museum Grounds
The modern structure in the background contains the Airborne Museum’s restrooms.
When paratroopers of the U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions arrived over Sainte-Mère-Église between midnight and 2 a.m. on D-Day, June 6, 1944, many of the C-47 pilots were guided in their approach by the light from a house on fire. (In fact, the fire may have been accidentally set when illumination flares were dropped by the first planes over the town.)

In any event, the fire-fighting commotion meant that many townsfolk, as well as occupying German soldiers, were awake and outdoors night — and stunned to see the night sky filling up with parachutes.
 
Also see . . .  Airborne Museum. (Submitted on September 25, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Entrance of the Airborne Museum image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 18, 2012
3. Entrance of the Airborne Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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