Aircraft from the 344th Bomb Group, which led the IX Bomber Command formations on D-Day.
Their operations started in March 1944 with attacks on targets in German-occupied France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. After the Normandy invasion began, the Group was active at Cotentin Peninsula, Caen, Saint-Lo and the Falaise Gap.
He has said that he does not consider himself a perpetrator but merely a small cog in a machine. But if he were sitting here today wearing his SS uniform, I would tremble and all the horror that I experienced as a 13-year-old would return to me.
Any person who wore that uniform in that place represented terror and the depths to which humanity can sink, regardless of what function they performed.
84-year old Irene Weiss, survivor of Auschwitz, speaking on the stand at the trial of Oskar Gröning
I lay there on the beach in a pool of my own blood for 10 hours. They quickly took my radio and my sten gun and I saw my tank head up the beach without me. It was heart-breaking because I trained for D-Day for so long. So many people died liberating that tiny stretch of beach. Looking back, the fact that I was injured so early on probably saved my life.
Radio operator Bill Betts his end of Operation Overlord