On April 5 the regiment was relieved from attachment to the 82nd Airborne Division and placed under the direct control of First Allied Airborne Army. The regiment moved to Chartres (France) with a contingency mission to liberate POW camps in Germany by airborne assault if the situation demanded. The 508th remained at Chartres until late May, 1945. After a brief stay at Sissonne, the 508th was moved to Frankfurt-Am-Main for occupation duty and served as guard to General Eisenhower's SHAEF Headquarters. In December 1945, LTC Otho E. Holmes assumed command of the regiment.
The last jump of the 508th PIR during the war. This picture was taken during July, 1945. It belongs to Janet Smylie Hart.