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D-Day

  • Eric Reedman
    "It was actually terribly exciting, we knew this was it"

    Ninety-one year old Eric Reedman was a 21-year-old Leading Aircraftman with Advanced HQ, 80 Wing at the start of D-Day. Two days before D-Day he was posted to Old Sarum, Wiltshire, where his unit waited to make their way to Gold Beach.

  • "June 1944 – what a month!"

    John 'Jackie' Reid was a pilot with 605 Squadron at the time of D-Day. He and his Observer Ray Phillips and two other crews were put on special duties and directed to go to Caen on the night of 5/6 June to attack anti-aircraft guns and lights before the airborne troops went in. In an extract from his Operations Records book, John describes events of that night.

  • "It was a sight and sound that would never be forgotten"

    Flight Lieutenant Len Thorne was 24 at the time of D-Day. Although he did not fly over to the coast of Normandy, in an extract from his notes, Len describes the scene of watching aircraft taking off as part of the RAF's air operations.

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