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849 or 854 NAS Avengers with  WW2 D-Day markings
Grumman Wildcat of 846 sqn from Eglington in stripes of Allied Expeditionary Force

D-day 70th anniversary

Published: 04 Jun 2014
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings Navy News has  uploaded the two special anniversary supplements from the May and June 2014 editions of Navy News, compiled by its editor Mike Gray.

They feature unique first-hand accounts of the Royal Navy's role in the invasion of Normandy, photographs, maps and stunning graphics of landing craft and the Mulberry Harbours specially drawn by graphics artist Andy Brady.

Part 1
Part 2 includes the article 'Sailors in the Sky' 

At least three carriers were involved in operation Neptune. They were to support ASW forces countering U-boats.
HMS Emperor had 20 Hellcats Mk I embarked, from No. 800 and No. 804 squadron
HMS Pursuer had about 20 Wildcats Mk V from No. 881 and No. 896 squadron
HMS Tracker had 12 Avengers Mk I from No. 846 sqn.
Several FAA Grumman Avenger squadrons operated with Coastal Command from Hawkinge in Kent (854 and 855 sqns) and Perranporth in North Cornwall (849 and 850 sqns) carrying out what was described as “Channel Stop” operations, designed to prevent enemy shipping from entering the English Channel. They also escorted assault convoys and participated in many night attacks on E boats and German Minesweepers that could interfere with the “Overlord” landings.

Normandy is a Battle Honour for the following FAA Squadrons 700800804808816819838846848849850854855881885886896897


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