Photo-recce Spitfire ops on D-Day

Photo-recce Spitfire pilots were not put off by poor weather, risking their lives to capture vital intelligence on D-Day, as Andrew Thomas describes

The weather was dull and overcast at Northolt in west London on the morning of June 6, 1944. Gp Capt Rochford Lousada, who commanded 34 (PR) Wing, was aware of the significance of the day ahead.

As the day went on, the weather somewhat improved, allowing the Spitfire Mk.XIs of 16 Squadron to undertake a series of photographic reconnaissance missions to cover airfields and transport hubs in Normandy. These were in preparation for attack by RAF and USAAF heavy bombers.

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