Wednesday 19 June 2019

On 10 June 1944, the 78th Fighter Group flew three strafing and dive bombing missions from Duxford against targets in France.

Allied forces had landed on the beaches of Normandy on 6 June and were attempting to push further inland – support from the air would help them and prevent German reinforcements from reaching the frontlines.

But 10 June would turn out to be a dark day for the 78th.

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