66 results found for: Normandy (Landings)

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…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…

CROSLEY, R Michael (#234)

…which to grab his life jacket from the aircrews’ briefing room before she rolled over and sank. He quickly joined 800 Naval Air Squadron, flying from the escort carrier Biter during Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. On November 8 he shot down two Vichy French fighters in…

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…

FRASER-HARRIS, Alexander B (#218)

…back into the fuselage, with the result that more Seafires were lost in hard landings than enemy action. But Fraser-Harris demonstrated the aircraft’s effectiveness as a low-level fighter. During Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa, his squadron shot down three aircraft and destroyed 20 others on the ground….

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…

LOATS, Norman (#300)

…sailed to join Carrier Support Group 2, which was staging in the Marshalls to support the invasion of the Marianas. The Gambier Bay supported the landings at Saipan in June, and then Guam in August and at Southern Palaus in September before joining the Escort Carrier Task Unit off Leyte…

FENNESSY, Edward (#54)

…Grid) ground stations to provide accurate offensive air navigation for Bomber Command and Coastal Command. In late 1943, on his own initiative, he prepared a master plan for navigation and pathfinding systems to support a possible Normandy landing; but the Air Ministry reacted with horror when he presented his scheme,…

DALTON-MORGAN, Thomas F (#306)

…Britain fighter pilots; he later achieved considerable success during the German night attacks on Glasgow before playing a prominent role in co-ordinating fighter operations for the D-Day landings. Dalton-Morgan had virtually no experience as a fighter pilot when he was appointed a flight commander of No 43 Squadron – “The…

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…

GILLAM, Denys (#25)

…and North West Europe, 12/1943-2/1945: encounter with Focke Wulf 190s over Paris, France, 12/1943. REEL 4 Continues: attacks on German radar stations in preparations for D- Day landings; move to Normandy, France, 9/6/1944; ground attack role in North West Europe; distinguishing targets on ground; physical condition at end of Second…

BABINGTON-SMITH, Constance (#180)

…During the preparations for the Normandy landings, for instance, as many as seven million prints a month were being turned out for examination. Constance Babington Smith’s second book, Testing Time: a Study of Man and Machine in the Test Flying Era, appeared in 1961. The book charts the development of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

MACLENNAN, Ian R (#128)

…Focke Wulf 190 off Calais. Shortly afterwards he left for Malta, where he joined No 1435 Flight. After returning from Malta and a period of rest in Canada, MacLennan joined No 443 (RCAF) Squadron as a flight commander. On June 7 1944, whilst covering the D-Day landings, he was on…

QUILL, Claire (#185)

…captured German aircraft at Farnborough Fleet Air Arm In January 1943 Quill was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. From November 1943 to April 1944 he served with the Fleet Air Arm, as a lieutenant commander, helping to develop better carrier-deck-landings with the Supermarine Seafire, the…

CURTIS, Lawrence (#260)

…which simulated an amphibious landing in the Pas de Calais, and was timed to coincide with the actual D-Day landings in Normandy. Over the next few weeks Curtis attacked many of the large V-1 storage sites in northern France using the 12,000lb “Tallboy” bomb. On September 15 No 617 flew…

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…

BARKER, John Lindsay (#307)

…of the Japanese forces in Kowloon, served during the Palestine conflict and arrested the ringleaders of an attempted coup in Ceylon. For most of 1944 Barker was a member of the War Cabinet Plans team making preparations for the forthcoming invasion of Normandy, for which his expertise as an Army…

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