45 results found for: Normandy

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Battle of Britain 80 Introduction

…AE (born 17 July 1919) is an Irish former Royal Air Force fighter pilot. He served during the Second World War in the Battle of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the Allied invasion of Italy and the Invasion of Normandy. Following the death of William Clark in May 2020, Hemingway…

JOHNSON, James E (#21)

…compared with RAF; limited range of Supermarine Spitfire; training as tactical air force, 1943-1944; Supermarine Spitfire fighter-bomber role against V1 Flying Bomb sites; operations over Normandy beaches on D-Day, 6/6/1944; posting to St Croix-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, 11/6/1944; opinion of Supermarine Spitfire in bombing role and its use in North West…

SUTTON, Thomas A (#308)

…contribution of LANDING CRAFT and for those lead ships for the NORMANDY INVASION, here onto GOLD BEACH, and later for the important capture of WALCHEREN. Born in 1921 Battersea, Tom, after working for Bird’s Eye, had volunteered for the RAF with the ambition to fly Sunderland flying boats, passing all…

WATKINS, Tasker (#256)

…while leading a bayonet charge. The battalion had been ordered to attack objectives near the railway at Bafour, about five miles west of Falaise, as part of the move to trap the Fifth and Seventh German Armies in the Falaise “pocket”. Rocket-firing Typhoons at the Falaise Gap, Normandy, 1944, by…

LISKUTIN, Miroslav A (#130)

…Group on Facebook During a patrol over Normandy a few days after D-Day (June 6), Liškutín’s Spitfire was hit by flak. This time, he managed to land on one of the newly constructed strips in Normandy. His was probably the first landing by an Allied aircraft after the invasion. Rocket-firing…

JOYCE, Austin P (#190)

…War, 16yr old Irish Yorkshireman: Troopship seaman & June, 1944 began fighting at Caen. “In a remarkable career – spanning active service in Normandy in 1944 to Northern Ireland in the 1970s, the whole with the Welsh Guards – he first came to prominence for his M.M.-winning deeds in March…

MACKINTOSH, Robert (#203)

…QUEEN’S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS: wife Margaret, née CHISHOLM was WAAF dressmaker in RAF EQUIPMENT for UNIFORMS &.brother JOHN was in the HIGHLAND DIV’s RECONNAISSANCE CORPS, also in DESERT, after NORMANDY up into REICHSWALD. Robert joined Apr 1939, PIONEER Ptn defence of North; Bn joins re-formed 51st HIGHLAND DIVISION Jul42 (bound…

MITCHELL, Thomas (#172)

…MInstStE RE for the ROYAL ENGINEERS contribution to the air war worldwide and the key importance in WW2 building of the rapid provision of forward airstrips in NORMANDY and elsewhere for the universal requirement of air power. Normandy’s 100 miles distance from UK airfields, partly its strategic surprise to the…

CALDER, Benjamin J (#176)

…further covers the key role of sea delivered LOGISTIC SUPPORT (but at the land delivery end) for the LIBERATION of NW EUROPE, here for those US RANGERS and others capturing & then for his own and other units’ use of NORMANDY’s OMAHA BEACH and the MULBERRY HARBOUR system, as well…

GILLAM, Denys (#25)

…ART LD 3032) “The Few” Copyright IWM PC 14972 Burnt-out Focke-Wulfe and Typhoon Aircraft at Antwerp (1944) by Walter Thomas Monington. Copyright: Art.IWM ART LD 5515 Rocket-firing Typhoons at the Falaise Gap, Normandy (1944) by Frank Wootton. Copyright Art.IWM ART LD 4756 Imperial War Museum Oral History: Denys Gillam REEL…

GILLARD, George (#274)

…an overseas BBC war correspondent he would cover the campaigns in North Africa, Italy, Normandy and up to Berlin between 1941and 1945. Frank Gillard was educated at Wellington School, Somerset, and St Luke’s College, Exeter, there gaining a London University BSc and was a pre-war teacher and made some broadcast…

DALTON-MORGAN, Thomas F (#306)

…attack operations in support of the campaign in Normandy, then moved to the mainland with his organisation after the invasion. Years after, his CO at the time (later Air Marshal Sir Fred Rosier [Signatory 17]) commented: “It would be impossible to overstate Tom D-M’s importance and influence on the conduct…

BRIDGE, John (#154)

…waterline. His longest dive during the action lasted twenty hours. He served as a naval bomb safety officer during the Normandy landings of June 1944, defusing many bombs, mines, and shells. He cleared mines in the river Scheldt and various harbour basins in September of that year. He was then…

BABINGTON-SMITH, Constance (#180)

…the Channel. Launching ramp with flying bomb / doodlebug at the V1 launch site at Ardouval / Val Ygot, Normandy, France The bombing of the launch sites was given urgent priority, under the codename “Crossbow”. Constance Babington Smith had the task of providing photographic material to assist targeting by Bomber…

PETRIE, Frederick J (#263)

…in the LIBERATION of North West EUROPE. His own role as a SAPPER was with the 553 FIELD COMPANY. ROYAL ENGINEERS (part of 130 BRIGADE, with its constituent 7th ROYAL HAMPSHIRES. 4th and 5th DORSETS and 112 Field Regiment ROYALARTILLERY) was mainly in MINE CLEARANCE at NORMANDY (24-26June toJul 1944)…

British Army and Commonwealth & Allied Armies

#205 AIDAN of SPROT Lieutenant Colonel AIDAN of SPROT MC JP (ROYAL SCOTS GREYS 2nd DRAGOONS) PALESTINE, last to mechanize, DESERT, NORMANDY, HONEY TANKS, CAEN/FALAISE, MC R. ALLER & race to BALTIC #200 James ALDRIDGE Sergeant Major James ALDRIDGE MM (father GALLIPOLI, brother TORPEDOED twice) for SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS, EL ALAMEIN,…

PEARSON, Alastair S (#113)

…you know when we’ve done more justice in writing up our extraordinary signatories. ‘One of the most highly regarded soldiers of the Parachute Regiment and British Army’. For: TERRITORIALS, 6Bn HIGHLAND Lt Infy, 1st ARMY, 1PARA & PARA BDE Ops in North Africa TORCH 1942-3, the SICILY & NORMANDY Invasions…

HOWARD, John (#91)

Alan Pollock’s Rough Notes: A work in progress – the fuller biographies will emerge in due course: please sign up to the Newsletter (bottom of the page) and we’ll let you know when we’ve done more justice in writing up our extraordinary signatories. Leader of the glider-borne Normandy Landings assault…

DUDGEON, AG (#187)

…rapid decline of British influence in the MIDDLE EAST. Later Wg Cdr Dudgeon was Wg Cdr Flying at DOWN AMPNEY for the HORSAS and DAKOTAS flying off for D-DAY and the NORMANDY INVASION. His later service in the FAR EAST extended through to the 2TAF post-war Sabre and Hunter eras….

McDOWELL, L Patricia T (#167)

…Army, she cared for the most severely wounded and dying soldiers who were evacuated from the invading beaches of Normandy to England in the summer of 1944. She later said that what made the biggest impression on her was the strong unity between the young Norwegian boys in exile. Pat…

DRISCOLL, Joseph (#175)

…Maritime Commission’s 5,777 WW2 cargo ships produced; for the PACIFIC campaigns & lessons learned ahead of and for the D-DAY NORMANDY INVASION (CUSTER’s first delivery was Royal Engineers) & the other ALLIED ARMADAS, here to supply the UTAH BEACHHEAD & others with those solid LOGISTIC support shafts for the forward…

BIRD-WILSON, Harold A C ‘Birdie’ (#32)

…in support of the invasion of Normandy. Moving onto jets before the end of the war he received command in 1945 of No 1335, the RAF’s first jet conversion unit. This led in 1946 to command of the Central Flying Establishment’s air fighting development squadron. In 1948 he was posted…

BEAMONT, Roland Prosper ‘Bee’ (#8)

…was waiting to enforce the forthcoming landings in Normandy. In February 1944 Beamont returned to operational flying as leader of No 150, the first Tempest wing comprising Nos 3, 56 and 486 squadrons. Hawker Tempest gun camera On June 8, two days after D-Day, he shot down an Me 109…

LEIGHTON-PORTER, Chrystabel (#150)

…morning in 1944 when she first appeared nude, with inspiring the 36th Division to advance six miles through Normandy in a single day. “Jane” had first begun in 1932 as “Jane’s Journal – The Diary of a Society Girl”, a pocket cartoon drawn by Norman Pett, who used his wife…

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