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80th Anniversary of D-Day

80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

The Fleet Air Arm played a significant role in the D-Day offensive that 80 years ago, between 6 June 1944 and 3 July 1944, began the liberation of France and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

During the D-Day invasion, a significant contingent of Fleet Air Arm aircraft operated from air bases in southern England. They played a crucial role by spotting for naval gunfire over the beaches and assisting Coastal Command in protecting shipping and landing forces against threats from U-boats and German surface warships. Specifically, the Fleet Air Arm contributed 443 aircraft to the Allied air power, flying approximately 14,000 sorties in the first 24 hours of the invasion. These aircraft dominated the skies, ensuring air superiority for the invasion forces.

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