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Floyd Jakob Corrington

Military

Corrington was a paratrooper, and served with 1st Squad, 2nd Platoon, D Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division on D-Day.

Corrington, born 31 March 1915 in Cherokee, Iowa, had worked as a telephone lineman in Los Angeles before enlisting in the Army in November 1942. He arrived in England in December of the following year where he spent several months training for the invasion. At around 1:20 AM on 6 June 1944, Corrington jumped into Normandy from C-47 Skytrain #42-100843 as part of Stick 62, Serial 12, piloted by George H Pender of the 91st Troop Carrier Squadron. Corrington's jumpmaster and platoon commander on D-Day was Lieutenant Ronald C Speirs.

Corrington is listed as having been killed in action on D-Day, and while the exact circumstances of his death are not known, his helmet was found near the hamlet of La Basse-Addeville, suggesting he was mislanded and killed during the ensuing battle. Corrington, who was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer (Plot E, Row 8, Grave 16).

Service

Units served with

  • 101st Airborne Division

    101st Airborne Division

    Division
    August 1942 - Reconstituted in the Army of the United States as the 101st Airborne Division. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-100843

    C-47 Skytrain
    C-47 Skytrain (serial number 42-100843) first flew in 1943. The aircraft took part in the airborne assault on D-Day, with George Pender as pilot, and carrying members of the 101st Airborne, including Lieutenant Ronald Spiers.

Associated Place

  • Upottery

    Military site : airfield
    Known locally as Smeatharpe, Upottery was built during 1943-44 potentially as a USAAF medium bomber, or reconnaissance or transport base. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Opened in February 1944 and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cherokee, Iowa 31 March 1915
Died La Basse-Addeville, Normandy 6 June 1944
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2019 14:10:19 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations
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