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D-Day Role of the French RAF Bomber Squadron

The Intelligence Officer (Mons. Font-R�ault) giving the first crew briefing

The Intelligence Officer (Mons. Font-R�ault) giving the first crew briefing

  • by Ian Richardson
 

As national, and international interest in the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings of World War Two increases, it is worth remembering that Halifax aircraft from RAF Elvington’s newly formed French 346 “Guyenne” Squadron took part in the offensive against strategic targets on the Normandy coast in the run up to D-Day.

On these first operations, they attacked firstly the radio / radar installation at Ferme D’Urville, in the early hours of 2 June 1944, in which 12 Guyenne Squadron Halifax bombers participated, from the total of 101 aircraft. The next night saw Cap Gris-Nez (Harinzelles) attacked, with nine Guyenne aircraft taking part from a total deployment of 271 aircraft.

Read Ian’s full article in next week’s (12 June) Pocklington Post.

 

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