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7 Amazing Photos Of D-Day From The Air

  • 1. Leaving for the Beaches

    Aerial photo of ships of the Royal Navy massing off the Isle of Wight before setting off for the Normandy beaches.
    Aerial photo of ships of the Royal Navy massing off the Isle of Wight before setting off for the Normandy beaches.
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    Aerial photo of ships of the Royal Navy massing off the Isle of Wight before setting off for the Normandy beaches.

  • 2. Off the Normandy Coast

    Consolidated B-24H Liberators flying over part of the Allied invasion fleet gathered off the Normandy coast.
    Consolidated B-24H Liberators flying over part of the Allied invasion fleet gathered off the Normandy coast.
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    Consolidated B-24H Liberators of 486th Bombardment Group, US Eighth Air Force, flying over part of the Allied invasion fleet gathered off the Normandy coast, 6 June 1944. They were part of a force despatched on the morning of D-Day to bomb villages which had access roads to the beachheads running through them.

  • 3. Gold Assault Area

    Aerial photo of Gold assault area during the landing of 50th Infantry Division.
    Aerial photo of Gold assault area during the landing of 50th Infantry Division.
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    Aerial photo of Gold assault area during the landing of 50th Infantry Division, showing King Red (left), King Green and Jig Red (right) beaches, 6 June 1944. A German anti-tank ditch is visible on the left in front of the village of Ver-sur-Mer.

  • 4. Omaha Assault Area

    Aerial photo of the numerous Allied naval craft off ‘Dog’ and ‘Easy’ beaches, Omaha assault area.
    Aerial photo of the numerous Allied naval craft off ‘Dog’ and ‘Easy’ beaches, Omaha assault area.
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    Aerial photo of the numerous Allied naval craft off ‘Dog’ and ‘Easy’ beaches, Omaha assault area, 6 June 1944.

  • 5. Drop Zone 'N'

    Aerial photo of part of 6th Airborne Division's Drop Zone 'N' between Ranville and Amfreville, east of the Orne River.
    Aerial photo of part of 6th Airborne Division's Drop Zone 'N' between Ranville and Amfreville, east of the Orne River.
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    Aerial photo of part of 6th Airborne Division's Drop Zone 'N' between Ranville and Amfreville, east of the Orne River, 6 June 1944. Airspeed Horsa gliders can be seen on the Drop Zone, many with their fuselages separated for ease of unloading. The villages of Amfreville and Breville are visible in the top left of the photo.

  • 6. Juno Assault Area

    Aerial photo of the landings on Mike beach, Juno assault area.
    Aerial photo of the landings on Mike beach, Juno assault area.
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    Aerial photo of the landings on Mike beach, Juno assault area, to the west of Courselles-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944.

  • 7. King Red and King Green Beaches

    Aerial photo of the junction of King Red and King Green beaches, Gold assault area.
    Aerial photo of the junction of King Red and King Green beaches, Gold assault area.
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    Aerial photo of the junction of King Red and King Green beaches, Gold assault area, during the landing of 50th Infantry Division, 6 June 1944. The Mont Fleury battery are visible in front of the village of Ver-sur-Mer.