D-Day 1944 (4): Gold & Juno Beaches (Campaign, Volume 112) by Ken Ford

By Ken Ford

Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, used to be the best sea-borne army operation in background. on the middle of the invasion and key to its luck have been the landings of British fiftieth department on Gold seashore and Canadian third department on Juno seashore. not just did they supply the important hyperlink among the landings of British third department on Sword seashore and the americans to the west on Omaha, they might be an important to the securing of the beachhead and the force inland to Bayeux and Caen. within the fourth D-Day quantity Ken Ford information the attack that begun the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe.

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Three days later the Japanese launched the only joint IJNAF-JAAF air attack of the war in Burma when G4M 'Bettys', with a Zero-sen escort, joined 18 Ki-21 'Sallys', escorted by 70+ Ki-43s. Their target was Calcutta's King George V docks. Among the first fighters to be scrambled from the Chittagong area were those of No 136 Sqn, while Spitfires from Nos 607 and 615 Sqns got airborne soon afterwards. However, as the enemy formation headed further west out over the sea, bound for Calcutta, only No 136 Sqn and the Hurricanes of No 258 Sqn managed to intercept them.

Bob Cross was described by a colleague thus; 'He was very much a reclusive, almost withdrawn, chap who, whilst not unsociable, tended to keep very much to himself. But he would frequently drop what he was doing, pick up his kit and walk out to his aircraft, telling his crew the squadron would be scrambled in x-number of minutes - and it was! ' No 81 Sqn's last, and most traumatic, day at 'Broadway' started as normal when the CO, Sqn Ldr Whitamore, led the detachment in at dawn on the 17th. Once the warning of incoming 'hostiles' had been given, he and Fig Off Peart scrambled, leaving the others in reserve.

The first, led by 27-kill ace Lt Gouchi Sumino, was intercepted by 20+ Spitfires of Nos 136 and 607 Sqns. Fit Lt Gordon Conway led the former down on the Ki-43s, which were flying at about 15,000 ft, shortly after 0830 hrs. In the resulting fierce combat, five 'Oscars' were claimed shot down and others damaged. Australian Fit Lt D E W Garvan was credited with two destroyed, taking his tally to three, while Conway, once again flying JL319/HM-B, also claimed a Ki-43 for his seventh, and last, victory, as he described many years later; 'I spotted the first Jap squadron crossing from right to left, slightly below, going south over the beaches.

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