"When you visit Sainte Mere Eglise you will see the mannequin of John Steele hanging from the church steeple. Steele landed on the roof of the church on D-Day but not where the model of him is. The actual landing location of John Steele was verified by fellow trooper Ken Russell who landed on the church below Steele.
Steel landed left of the clock face in this picture and Russell landed above the middle window where he was caught in his parachute. When Russell was trying to cut himself free of his chute he cut the top of his thumb off.
Russell could see paratroopers landing all over the square including his buddy Sgt. John Ray who landed near the church. As soon as Ray landed a German shot him in the chest. The German then turned and aimed at Russell and Steele who were still hanging on the church.
Ray who hadn't been killed by the German could see what was going to happen and pulled out his .45 pistol and killed the German, saving his friends before he died of his wounds."