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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