US Paratroopers belonging to the 101st Airborne, 506th PIR, 3rd Battalion, "F" Company, read their letters from Dwight D. Eisenhower just hours before their jump into Normandy, June 5th, 1944. Paratrooper Bill Olanie's hand in the very far right corner on his M1 helmet and PFC Leslie F. Tindell who appears to be the paratrooper on the far left can be seen. Tindell was killed near Carentan on June 10th, 1944. "Fox" Company were spread all across the peninsula fighting valaintly in small groups until they found the rest of their unit. They were sent back to England on July 10th after over a month of being on the frontlines. Fox always covered Easy Company's flank and the two Company's respected eachother greatly. They (Fox Company) earned themselves the nickname "Fighting Fox" for their bravery and ferocity, they became one of the most legendary units of the 101st Airborne. This particular C-47 survived the wall of anti-aircraft fire but I do not know the fate of its passengers. One paratrooper who is out of this shot (I will be posting another photograph of him in the comments, it isn't in color sadly but, it's him) did survive the drop and survived the entirety of the war, his name was Sergeant Robert Noody. During the German's counterattack on Carentan on the 15th of June, Fox Company and Dog Company had to pull back after being rerouted by multiple German armored units. They sustained heavy casualties. "Fox" Company is featured in Band of Brothers multiple times like in episode 2 when the two Company's loose eachother and Winters sends a patrol to go find them. They encounter a lead scout for "Fox" and they exchange words. They were also featured in episode 3 pulling back from the outer rims of Carentan. The series made them to look like a poorly trained and undisciplined unit but they were the opposite. They protected Easy Company from being overrun on multiple occasions. Colorized by me.