February 13th, Birthday of a Young Hero.

About what happened in the early morning of D-Day…

Aviation Trails

Today, 13th February, marks the birthday of an American airman who like so many, died at the young age of just 21, in the early morning of D-Day, 1944.

He was a gallant and brave young man, whose tragedy perhaps led to the success of his fellow airmen, and whose sacrifice is still remembered today.

As the world’s largest amphibious assault force assembled along the South Coast of England, thousands of aircrew prepared for what was to be the most incredible night of their lives.

Across the Midland Counties, American ground crews prepared their fighters and paratrooper aircraft. Along southern England, the same scene was being played out. RAF crews too prepared their aircraft; fighter groups were briefed and paratroopers readied their gear. The invasion was on!

Flying an operation of this magnitude was going to require guts, daring and precision flying. There was little room for error.

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