In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day officially taking place today on June 6th, 2014, we present to you a preview of Richard C. “Dick” Robert’s ‘View of Normandy D-Day Invasion from 14,000 Feet.’ Robert was a B-24 Tail Turret Gunner with the 453rd Bomb Group; here is a glimpse of his story, the rest of which can be found in full at the link provided below:
The historic Normandy D-Day Invasion by Allied Forces in WWII, took place 70 years ago on June 6, 1944. But in my mind, it happened yesterday. I can never forget my grandstand view of the tremendous Allied Invasion from our B-24 Bomber, some 14,000 feet above the English Channel between England and Normandy, France. This was the largest invasion to ever take place. It involved 156,000 ground troops, 5,000 ships and boats, and 11,000 aircraft (bombers, fighters, transports and gliders). This D-Day Invasion was the sixth of my 35 bombing missions over enemy occupied Europe as a 23-year old B-24 Tail Turret Gunner with the 453rd Bomb Group, 2nd Air Division, 8th Air Force, USAAF in East Anglia, England, during WWII.
Read the rest of Richard’s story here:
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Also, be sure to check out the book by Dr. Sam Edwards who recently delivered his lecture on the Normandy Landings and Anglo-American Special Relationships for us on Wednesday. You can find all the information and reserve your copy here.