Vanguard of the Invasion

PATHFINDER DROPS

Without the deployment of pathfinder troops into Normandy, the main airborne landings on D-Day would have been rendered far more difficult. Dropping the men of the 22nd (Independent) Parachute Company fell to a small number of RAF Armstrong Whitworth Albemarles

Pathfinder troops from the 22nd (Independent) Parachute Company prepare to board Sqn Ldr Merrick’s Albemarle, V1740/8Z-A, of No 295 Squadron at Harwell, Berkshire, on 5 June 1944.
H. D. CHERRINGTON

Part of the detailed plan for the Allied landings in Normandy required the seizure or destruction of key points such as bridges or gun emplacements by parachute or glider-borne troops.

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