By Mark Zuehlke

On June 6, 1944, the best armada in background stood off Normandy and the biggest amphibious invasion ever started as 107,000 males aboard 6,000 ships pressed towards the coast. between them have been 14,500 Canadians, who have been to land on a five-mile-long stretch of rocky ledges fronted via a dangerously uncovered seashore. Drawing on own diaries in addition to army files, Juno seashore: Canada's D-Day Victory — June 6, 1944 dramatically depicts Canada's pivotal contribution to the severe Allied conflict of worldwide struggle II.

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It was agreed that there was no acceptable alternative to this. R. mentioned that the Spitfire was well armoured in front, and its speed made it comparatively immune to attack from astern. HURRICANE AND DEFIANT The provision of self-sealing tanks on these aircraft would involve similar large reductions of fuel capacity. ’16 The meeting had opened with a firm statement of the RAF’s commitment to the principle of providing ‘self-sealing protection for 100 per cent of the fuel tanks’ of its aircraft.

H. L. D. J. Aslin 24 September H. H. W. J. S. V. F. Day J. F. Macphail 46 Squadron 312 Squadron 257 Squadron 17 Squadron 41 Squadron 238 Squadron 229 Squadron 41 Squadron 249 Squadron Hurricane Hurricane Hurricane Hurricane Spitfire Hurricane Hurricane Spitfire Hurricane 141 Squadron 236 Squadron 603 Squadron Defiant Hurricane Spitfire1 Later, some of those pilots told of their experiences in their burning fighters, some in published memoirs, some in the pages of The Guinea Pig magazine. Early in the battle Geoffrey Page was hit by bullets from a Dornier bomber when he was separated from the rest of his formation: ‘Surprise quickly changed to fear, and as the instinct of self-preservation began to take over, the gas tank behind the engine blew up, and my cockpit became an inferno.

In addition to the designated military casualties, all four were expecting to deal with the predicted mass civilian casualties of German bomber attacks. As few of Sir Archibald’s private papers survive there is no way of knowing when he became aware of the scale of the problem of burn injuries. His tenure at East Grinstead began quietly; he arrived to inspect the hospital before the outbreak of war and installed his own nursing and anaesthesia team A special ward, Ward III, had been set aside for his patients, but it was some time before he received his first RAF casualty, William Cruickshank who had been shot down by friendly fire in December 1939 and had burns to his legs and back.

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