Back to Normandy


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Time elapsed since D-day June 6th 1944.....

The beaches of Normandy and the countryside nearby are beautiful, peaceful and picturesque. But they were not always so – in June 1944 they saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Second World War and some of the most heroic acts of bravery and courage ever seen on a battlefield. The sheer valour of the men who landed on the beaches of Normandy on that wet and windy morning of the 6th of June 1944 changed the course of history and ensured that the evil forces of Nazism were defeated and that freedom returned to Europe.

Those beaches and the adjoining countryside are visited by many thousands of people of all nationalities each year, all interested, for one reason or another, to see where the action took place or perhaps to trace the footsteps of a member of their family who fought in the Normandy campaign or to see where a particular regiment or military unit fought and won on D-Day.

I hope you will be able to help, sharing your stories, photos, historical locations. By doing so you will be assisting all those who wish to learn more about World War II and helping to preserve the spirit of those courageous men who fought and died on the beaches of Normandy – the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe. And lets not forget all the airmen and sailors who made this invasion possible in the years beyond. All these men and women, commemorated on this website, earn your attention.


-Fred Vogels -
Founder and webmaster of Back to Normandy, writing the History of World War 2 in Europe

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My first cousin (once removed was also on this flight I believe. Flight Sergeant Ronald Vincent Fielding RAF service no. 1383094.
Readers may be interested to see these links about the 1916th Ordnance Ammunition Company at Earsham Hall, Norfolk, UK:,289877&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=623&ax=630847&ay=289877&lm=0 Earsham Hall is a lovely 'stately home', which has Tea Rooms. It is possible, by the side of surrounding roads, to discern remains of the ordnance storage with hard-standings and concrete-capped brick platforms.
Stirling bij Sluizen Tijdens de nacht van 5/6 juni 1942 is het weerom de stad Essen die het moet ontgelden. Op de terugweg werden ondermeer de Stirlings van het 149 Sqdn onderschept. Om 2u27 hing de Messerschmitt van Oblt Barte en zijn 'Bordfunker' Uffz Pieper (4.Staffel) in de staart van de W7508 'OJ-D'. In hun gevechtrapport lezen we : "Om 1u33 startten we voor een inzet in sector 6B. De hemel was wolkenloos, het zicht bedroeg 8 tot 10 km. Om 2u10 zette de Jägerleitoffizier, Ofw Büchte, ons in het spoor van een thuisvliegend vijandelijk toestel. Na meerdere correcties bemerkte ik om 2u21 het vliegtuig, rechts van mij, zo'n honderd meter hoger. Ik zette me vervolgens onder het vliegtuig en herkende het als een Short Stirling. Op 50 meter afstand schoot ik vanuit een hoek van 45° op de linkerbinnenmotor, die direct met heldere vlammen brandde. Het vliegtuig dook omlaag en verloor snel hoogte. Ik begeleidde de machine tot het op zo'n 1000 meter hoogte hing, waar ik zag dat de linkervleugel afbrak. Bij het neerstorten om 2u27 bemerkte ik een explosie en een kleine brand." De staartschutter, Sgt Goldsmith zou waarschijnlijk nooit geweten hebben wat hem overkwam. Hij herinnerde zich slechts dat zijn machine door "Flak" geraakt ...
My father, Charles (Chuck) H Bavis was shot down and was able to find a ride back to England on a fishing boat. He did fly several more missions afterwards. He passed away April 3, 1986.
Fred Vogels posted a comment in 1941-10 overview month
Thanks Donald! I am proud to be your friend for many years now. People should read your story with the 29th Infantry Division. A great division!
Donald Koos posted a comment in 1941-10 overview month
I was recently in Brittany with my husband in a small coastal town called Lezardrieux. At Lezardrieux they have a small memorial to Flight Lieutenant MeHarry and I therefore assume he died,there as Lezardrieux is at the mouth of the Trieux River. The memorial is in the form of a Spitfire wing carved of stone and is very beautiful. We took a plant and left it there at the memorial. I found the experience of finding his memorial very moving, especially as he died so far from home. Christina Burgess
The pilot of ND802 'The Flying Scotsman' was Sergeant Francis Alexander Scott NZ 421105. Fl/Sergeant Steven Astley Cook NZ 421142 was Air Bomber - both men perished along with Wireless Operator Ronald Howson RAFVR 1437112. The remainder of the crew, including Second Pilot Ronald Thomas Clark NZ 422369 baled out and became POW's.
I have just found my Uncle William D Kirton on this site. So pleased they have been remembered.


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