In the night of 18 July 1944, two parachute drops were expected, one by the British SAS and the other by the resistance fighters of Maquis Camille's. Setting out from England, two aircraft, one American, the other British, arrived over the drop zone codenamed Peinture at the same time. Dropping from the same altitude, they collided with each other. One of the two aircraft had time to drop part of its load, but both aircraft caught fire and crashed. The aircrews, all reservist volunteers, were killed. There were 15 fatalities.