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I will be remembering my D-Day colleagues this Remembrance Day

Lee WrakeOn D-Day, 6 June 1944, Sergeant Lee Wrake was just 19 when he landed on Omaha Beach. He was responsible for transporting vehicles safely onto shore. It was during this time that he saved a drowning man who was hit in the stomach and then Lee himself was hit in the chest by shrapnel. Every Remembrance Day Lee remembers his fallen colleagues who lost their lives on D-Day.

Recently, Lee was helped by the RAF Benevolent Fund after he found simple tasks, like bathing, more and more difficult. We installed a wetroom and provided a riser recliner chair to make home life a little easier for this D-Day veteran. 

Lee says: "This year we commemorated 70 years since the D-Day landings. We were all young men then, we didn't really have a clue what we were heading into. Looking back, it's a good job I did it when I did, because if I had to do it now it might be a different story. 

"The RAF did a lot in the weeks leading up to D-Day and so many young lives were lost.

"I'll never forget the chaotic scenes on the beach when we first landed and I still can't get over talking to a man with a hole in his head where he had been shot – all I remember is him talking to me with this hole in his helmet.  

"Another man was almost drowning after being hit in the stomach. He was screaming to leave him and let him drown but I was never going to do that. With some help from the Americans, I managed to get him on the back of a truck. Funnily enough, I saw him again when I was convalescing in Blackpool – he'd made it back alive. 

"It's important to remember all those who lost their lives in all wars. I was lucky enough to make it back home. So many weren't so lucky and we should never forget the men and women who died fighting for the freedom we enjoy today. 

This Remembrance I'll be thinking of my D-Day colleagues who never made it back and all of those who lost their lives during the Second World War."

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