Operation Overlord – 70 years later

This June 6 marked the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion in Normandy, France. While the troops on the beaches and later in the bocage naturally get the most attention, the invasion never would have been possible without a massive air effort.

P-47 pilot Hal Shook describes the combat missions he flew on D-Day as commander of the 506th Fighter Squadron.

To reduce fratricide, Allied aircraft supporting the invasion were marked with prominent “invasion stripes“.

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Lockheed F-5 (reconnaissance variant of the P-38 Lightning) with invasion stripes Imager credit: US Army Air Force via Wikipedia

 

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