Written by Mark White in 2013
Written by Mark White
B2 (Base 2) Crepon France
June to August 27 1944
The D-Day was June 6, 1944.
The Erks from 403 Squadron had expectations of landing in France on June 10 1944. The glider crossing was cancelled. My father’s crew was then scheduled to cross the channel by air with the Dakota group, but was switched at the last minute to cross with the barge group.
They eventually landed on Gold Beach on June 18, 1944 and got their trucks on shore. The Maintenance Officer, a fellow named Disher, ordered the crew to make sure that they got the crane truck to the airfield near the Village of Crepon. The crane truck was a key piece of equipment for lifting crashed aircraft and doing engine changes on the Spitfires.
After a long and difficult day moving the trucks along railway lines and under railroad tunnels, they were…
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