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Site 6: Sainte mère Eglise. 5 June 1944 to 23 hours, the U.S. allied forces parachuted over Sainte-Mère-Église during Operation Overlord. 15,000 men were dropped on the village and its surroundings, mostly from the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, as well as many paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division because of errors drop. Germans shoot at paratroopers descend on the ground. John Steele, one of the was hit in the leg by a bullet, could not control his parachute and finally landed on the steeple of the church around 4:00 am. He tried to free himself from his parachute while in the square around the church, the battle raged. He then took the decision to play dead to avoid serving as a target for the enemy. After more than two hours, a German soldier came to take him off. Steele was treated and taken prisoner, escaped three days later, joined the Allied lines and was transferred to a hospital in England. Since then, a dummy is hung on the church of Sainte-Mère-Église in his honor. John Steele returned several times in Normandy commemorations. He died in 1969. Sainte-Mère -Eglise was the first town in France liberated by air.
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Site 6: Sainte mère Eglise. 5 June 1944 to 23 hours, the U.S. allied forces parachuted over Sainte-Mère-Église during Operation Overlord. 15,000 men were dropped on the village and its surroundings, mostly from the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, as well as many paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division because of errors drop. Germans shoot at paratroopers descend on the ground. John Steele, one of the was hit in the leg by a bullet, could not control his parachute and finally landed on the steeple of the church around 4:00 am. He tried to free himself from his parachute while in the square around the church, the battle raged. He then took the decision to play dead to avoid serving as a target for the enemy. After more than two hours, a German soldier came to take him off. Steele was treated and taken prisoner, escaped three days later, joined the Allied lines and was transferred to a hospital in England. Since then, a dummy is hung on the church of Sainte-Mère-Église in his honor. John Steele returned several times in Normandy commemorations. He died in 1969. Sainte-Mère -Eglise was the first town in France liberated by air.

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