D-DAY 75th ANNIVERSARY - 6 JUNE 1944
On this day 75 years ago 10 Squadron contributed to the D-Day invasion of Normandy by tasking 23 aircraft out of the 1,012 total involvement, to bomb enemy gun-battery positions in the Mont Fleury area of the French coast, close to Gold Beach. This was some 10 miles n/e of Bayeaux and about 13 miles n/w of the modern-day Ouistreham port of Caen.
Bombing in poor visibility conditions from between 10,000 -12,000 ft, the first aircraft took off from RAF Melbourne at 02:22hrs and started its bombing run at 04:39 hrs. The first of the invasion force landed at 06:26 hrs. With each sortie lasting some 3½ hrs the last 10 Sqn aircraft landed back in Yorkshire at 07:05 hrs. Opposition was reported as 'light' during the mission and there were no 10 Sqn casualties.
On the following night (6/7 June) 21 Squadron aircraft bombed enemy troop concentrations inland, near the town of St Lo, 20 miles s/w of Bayeaux.
We thank all who took part and will never forget those those who lost their lives on the ground.
Normandy, France 5 June 2019
The photograph above was taken in Normandy on 5 June 2019 by an Association member whose father took part in the Mont Fleury raid 75 years ago.
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