101st AB in Devon

Although billeted mainly in Wiltshire and Berkshire, the US 101st Airborne Division has a historical link to the rural county of Devon, in south west England.

Taking part in the exercises leading up to the D-Day landings, in the UK Battle Training area around Slapton and the South Hams, Paratroopers of the 101st AB were ‘dropped’ from trucks around the area to simulate the dispersed nature of an airborne drop.

During Operation Neptune itself, the airborne component of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the 101st AB departed from airfields in Devon, including Upottery, as depicted in the HBO mini-series ‘Band of Brothers’