Whilst it's fair to say that the role of the Allied air forces over Normandy in the summer of 1944 is not the most neglected in terms of study, that dubious honour going to the navies' role, within it the efforts of RAF Bomber Command on the morning of D-day itself are frequently overlooked.

There were three main roles performed by these men on the 6th of June, 1944:


 

  1. DIVERSIONARY
    This incorporated Operation Titanic (the dropping of dummy and real parachutists) and the
    use of Window to confuse Germans monitoring radar screens.

     

  2. SUPPORT
    The jamming of German radio networks and the use of German speakers on aircraft who would communicate and interfere with the enemy night-fighter controllers.

     

  3. BOMBING
    Ten German coastal batteries had been singled out for attention, each of which was deemed to be ofsignificant threat to the seaborne forces.

From these operations, eleven four-engined bombers were lost, with sixty-one crewmen losing their lives. Others were wounded, some were made prisoner of war.

I'll go into more detail on each of these subjects on my blog (link here)