The Battle of Normandy: D-Day Landing June 2 – 7, 1944

He that out lives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named….
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here.

Henry V, Act IV, Scene III.

Embarkation list for the Regiment

REVEILLE, on D Day 6 June 1944, was at 0315 hrs. The water in the Channel was rough; the spirits of the men boisterously high. For years they had trained for and dreamed of this day. Now, in a few hours, their fortunes would be put to the touch. A and B Companies, the first-wave assault troops, were on the S.S. Monoway, a Red Ensign ship from New Zealand. An excellent breakfast was served. By 0500 hrs everything was completely ready for the transfer to the L.C.A. (Landing Craft Assault) manned by Royal Marines. At 0600 hrs, seven miles off the French coast, the order came. The troops filed silently into the craft and the boats were away. The rough water soon made a goodly number of men seasick; nevertheless, the anti-seasick pills did help the great majority.

The dull roar of far distant bombing could be heard but all was quiet around the assault craft. Thanks to our Navy and Air Force not once was the immense D Day flotilla really menaced by enemy ships or aircraft. Steadily the L.C.A. forged ahead. Suddenly, at 0725 hrs, with Bernières-sur-Mer just in sight, the air was filled with screaming shells; later the rockets joined in; a veritable inferno that numbed the senses and shattered coherent thought. To the men bobbing about on the flimsy craft it was tremendously reassuring that this great weight of metal was all going in the right direction.

The original H hour had been 0745 hrs. Now word was received that H hour would be delayed for at least ten minutes. At that moment the assault craft were only a few hundred yards from shore. The sea was now so rough that the D.D. tanks, designed to swim in with the infantry, were ordered to land in the normal way from their craft. This delay meant that The Queen’s Own would have to capture Bernières without tank assistance. The A.V.R.Es., (Armoured Vehicles Royal Engineers), landed with the second wave but were held up on the beach until suitable exits could be made.

The supporting fire was now thickened by artillery firing from their craft. Everyone prayed for the order to land. Soon the guns would cease and the men well knew that the longer the elapsed interval between the cessation of fire and the actual attack the greater the enemy’s chance of recovery. The fast-rising tide was also hiding the mines and obstacles that the craft would have to sweep through. It was a grim few minutes; the craft circled slowly; an occasional shell whined out from shore; then, at 0805 hrs, came the glad word to go in.

D-Day film footage shot on Juno beach by Sergeant Bill Grant, Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit (CAFPU) showing Canadian troops of the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment (either A or C Company), landing at La Rive Plage in Bernieres-sur-Mer, Juno Beach, D-Day. This was just to the East or left of the where The Queen’s Own landed. According to James O’Regan’s documentary history of the CAFPU, Shooters, this footage was the first seen by Eisenhower and Montgomery, Roosevelt and Churchill, and it remains the only actual film of the assault to survive.

A Company on the right and B Company on the left touched down at 0812 hrs. The line between the companies was the railway station. Several L.C.A. hit mines on the run in but casualties were light. Nevertheless, of the ten L.C.A.’s that carried A and B Company in, only two managed to get off the shore. Strangely enough the battalion lost all its flame-throwers at this point—one by enemy action, the rest by waves soaking the mechanism. The rising tide had now left about two hundred yards or so of beach between the water’s edge and the sea-wall. The strip was swept by enemy enfilade fire but, with a rush, A Company, under Major H. E. Dalton, was over; clambered up the sea-wall, and reached the railway line.

B Coy landing

A Coy Landing

Charlie Martin, Company Sergeant-Major, ‘A’ Company described the landing in his book Battle Diary:

“As we moved farther from the mother ship and closer to shore, it came as a shock to realize that the assault fleet was disappearing from view. Suddenly there was just us and an awful lot of ocean, or English Channel if you prefer. All that remained within sight was our own fleet of ten assault craft, moving abreast in the early-morning silence in a gradually extending line facing the shore, the A Company boats on the right and the B Company boats on the left.”

Troops of the Queen's Own Rifles, Canadian 3rd Division, land at Bernieres-sur-Mer, Juno Beach, on D-Day. From a silent film shot by camerman Sergeant Bill Grant.
Troops of the Queen’s Own Rifles, Canadian 3rd Division, land at Bernieres-sur-Mer, Juno Beach, on D-Day. From a silent film shot by cameraman Sergeant Bill Grant.

“Our part of the beach was clear but there were mines buried in the sand. On the dead run you just chose the path that looked best. Bert Shepard, Bill Bettridge and I were running at top speed and firing from the hip. To our left we spotted a small gap in the wall. They had placed a belt-fed machine gun there as part of the defence and only one man was on it. We knew from our training that you cannot be on the move and fire accurately at the same time. If you stop you become a target. In any case, Bill did stop for a split second. He took his aim and that seemed to be the bullet that took the gunner out, although Bert and I were firing too. We got to the wall and over it, then raced across the railway line.”

9 Platoon, A Company, was on the extreme right flank of the 8th Brigade attack. Their area of the beach was covered by an 88 mm. gun position which had not shown on the air photos. Before it was silenced this gun caused heavy casualties to the platoon. Lieutenant P. C. Rea was wounded twice, the Forward Observation Officer was wounded, Lance Sergeant. J. M. Simpson killed and two-thirds of the platoon killed or wounded. Sergeant  C. W. Smith, later awarded the Military Medal, gathered together the ten or so men remaining and, although wounded, fought his way through to the railway station. Here he collapsed and a corporal took over. Now house-to-house fighting began. Here the enemy put up a stubborn resistance and numerous casualties resulted; but the attack was pushed relentlessly.

Major Charles Dalton receiving the DSO from General Montgomery

B Company, under Major C.O. Dalton, was even less fortunate. The company had landed directly in front of a concrete strongpoint that was still in action. Almost one half of the company was lost in the initial dash across the beach. A supporting flak ship was wirelessed for support. The flak ship came in so close that it almost ran aground and began firing at point-blank range. Doug Hester, ‘B’ Company:

“Then we saw the five pillboxes on top of the sea-wall. These were our first objective. About 500 yards out, they had us in their sites of their small arms and began shooting. When the craft got into shallower water, the Royal Marines lowered the door. The three in front of me including Doug Reed were hit and killed. By luck I jumped out between bursts into their rising blood. Cold and soaking wet, I caught up to Gibby…the first burst went through his back pack. He turned his head grinning at me and said, “that was close, Dougie.”…the next burst killed him.”

See also Jack Hadley’s account.

Finally, Lieutenant W.G. Herbert, Corporal R. J. Tessier and Rifleman W. Chicoski did a very neat job in silencing the strongpoint with grenades and Sten guns. By now Major C.O.  Dalton, Lieutenant J.D. McLean, Lieutenant W.G. Herbert and CSM W. Wallis were wounded. Sergeant F.B. Harris and Sergeant S. G.W. Morrison had been killed. Lieutenant H.C. F. Elliot took over command until relieved by Captain J. I. Mills. Corporals were playing the leading roles; the smashing impetus never faltered.

An initial mischance now turned out to be a determining factor in B Company’s success. One L.C.A. had its rudder jammed and ran ashore off course. Here there was no enemy defence. Quickly, Lieutenant H.C. F. Elliot, the platoon commander, seized the opportunity and worked his way inland along the shore. The unexpected flank attack convinced the enemy that they had had enough. It was as well, for by now the rest of B Company had been practically wiped out.

At 0830 hrs C Company, under Major O. A. Nickson; D. Company under Major J. N. Gordon, and alternate B.H.Q. (Battalion Headquarters) landed. Half of the L.C.A. had struck mines but, by a miracle, few of the men were wounded and all swam or waded ashore. B Squadron, Fort Garry Horse, had also landed. An exit was breached in the sea-wall and very soon the armour joined the forward companies of the Queen’s Own.

Tacking Berniere

C and D companies immediately pressed forward along the brigade Centre Line: Bernières-sur-Mer, Beny-sur-Mer, Basly, Colomby sur-Thaon, Anguerny Heights. Great stress was placed on the capture of the last mentioned which was of great tactical importance to the division. By 0900 hrs Bernières had been cleared, so A Company followed in support of C and D. The few remaining in B Company re-organized and were held back in Bernières until the afternoon. In the original plan B Company were to remain to form a firm base. Now there was no choice.

The brigade reserve, The Régiment de la Chaudière, had landed; so too had The 14th Field Regiment R.C.A. with its S.P. (self-propelled) guns. Their initial progress was held up by an enemy 88 mm. gun on high ground overlooking the town. So deadly was the fire that four Priests (Sherman tanks carrying a 105 mm. gun) were knocked out. Then a detachment of The QOR of C, riding on a tank, outflanked the position and put the quietus on the crew.

Steadily the advance continued down the road forming the Centre Line. The tanks ranged far and wide and did valuable work in locating and destroying pockets of the enemy. It was a tank-infantry fight against scattered nests of enemy resistance and never did the co-operation work more smoothly. Finally, at 1730 hrs, the battalion reached its D-Day objective, Anguerny Heights, and dug in around the village of Anguerny; the Carrier Platoon, under Lieutenant S. C. Biggs, occupied, after a sharp fight, a prominent local feature—ring contour 70 on the map, but Big 2 Hill to the carrier platoon. The most forward position was the village of Anisy which had been taken by D Company after a sharp brush with the enemy.

Chester Wilmot remarks in The Struggle for Europe:

“So fast did The Queen’s Own move against this and other positions that when The Régiment de la Chaudière began to land behind them fifteen minutes later, the only fire on the beach was coming from snipers.”

To merit these words everyone had given to the limit. Never did the rifleman’s creed of dash and initiative reap a richer reward. Let the padre be taken as an exemplar. He was everywhere; cheering up the wounded and exhorting the men still fighting. While comforting Sergeant Morrison in his last moments a bullet inflicted a flesh wound in the padre’s foot. The next day, when the first opportunity came to take off his boots, as the blood-soaked sock was cut away the bullet fell out!

Map showing D-Day landing location and positions of Queen’s Own Rifles at the end of day June 2nd, 1944 and their subsequent route.

The Régiment de la Chaudière and The North Shore Regiment had made good progress also so that, by the evening, the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade was loosely conformed into a jutting salient with The QOR at the apex. In error, The Queen’s Own first line reinforcement, who were sorely needed by the battalion, had been sent to Régiment de la Chaudière. Two or three days elapsed before the mix-up was straightened away.

Napoleon once taunted the British with being a nation of shopkeepers. It would be a little difficult, however, to evince a shopkeeping instinct stronger than that possessed by the owner of an estaminet in Bernières. No sooner had the troops cleared the area round his place than the proprietor popped up from the cellar and, with bullets still flying, started to sell wine. He did no business with The Queen’s Own; nevertheless, many factors combine to impede the orderly progress of an attack!

The night of 6-7 June was full of alarms and excursions. Everyone was waiting for the expected counter-attack; but it never came. At 0100 hrs, 7 June, a truck load of Germans drove into Anguerny. All were taken prisoner. Later, an enemy patrol broke into A Company in the rear of B.H.Q. The patrol was fought off and the officer in command captured after being bayoneted by Rifleman Frank Mumberson, 7 Platoon. Throughout the night our patrols brought in prisoners. One was identified as  belonging to the 21st S.S. Panzer Division (Hitler Jugend). S.S. is the abbreviation for Schutzstaffein or Staff Guards. They were all hand-picked, fanatical Nazis.

At day break, 7 June, small parties were sent back to search for missing personnel. Fighting patrols roamed the area looking for enemy snipers; some were rooted out in Anguerny itself. Captain A. Kirsch R.C.A.M.C., who had worked unceasingly looking after the wounded on D Day, left for hospital on 7 June. He had been wounded on 6 June but refused to leave at such a critical time. On that day while giving Lieutenant. P. C. Rea morphine to ease his pain a mortar shell landed nearby. Captain Kirsch was wounded—so, for the third time, was Lieutenant Rea. Captain Kirsch dragged Lieutenant Rea to a more sheltered spot, dressed the wounds, and carried on as before, calmly and efficiently. It was the ultimate in the depiction of a medical officer in action. Major M. Bruser became the battalion Medical Officer until 13 July. Then Captain R. D. Oatway R.C.A.M.C. took over and remained until the end of the war. Throughout he served the battalion well and faithfully. Seventy first-line reinforcements arrived on D+1. They were badly needed. That day saw the expected counterattack hurled against the 9th Brigade on the battalion’s left. The brigade fought gallantly and the 12th S.S. Panzer Division was held.

Now the troops were well dug in, a little reflection was in order. The probabilities that the two first-wave assault companies would be commanded by brothers were rather remote; but so it was; and both Major C.O. Dalton and Major H. E. Dalton were in the regiment in the old N.P.A.M. (Non-Permanent Active Militia) days. It was a pleasing thought too, that, of the four battalions in the initial Canadian assault wave, three had been rifle regiments: The Queen’s Own Rifles, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles and The Regina Rifles. The Green Jackets seem to produce what is required for crucial moments. The reflections closed on a note of pride. The battalion had proven itself; it had fought its way almost seven miles in from the beach; it had captured the objective as laid down; and was part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, which, of all the allied divisions engaged, had made the deepest penetration.

Rifleman W. Chicoski after receiving the Military Medal for valor on D-Day

The casualties had been heavy; in fact, the heaviest suffered by any Canadian unit that day. Fifty-six Sixty-one other ranks had been killed in action [you can see the list here] and died of wounds. Six officers and sixty-nine other ranks had been wounded; five other ranks suffered battle injuries. These were the men who paid most dearly, and, in so doing, wrote another illustrious page in the annals of the regiment.

For gallantry displayed in smashing the defending 716th German Infantry Division on that memorable day the following awards were made:

ROLL OF OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS AND SERGEANTS
D-DAY LANDING

Battalion Headquarters

Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel J. G. Spragge
Second-in-Command: Major S. M. Lett
Adjutant:
 Captain W. J. Weir
Intelligence Officer: 
Lieutenant R. C. Rae
Medical Officer: 
Captain A. Kirsch, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Padre:
 Honorary Captain J. C. Clough C.C.S.

Senior NCOs:

  • Regimental Sergeant Major E.W. Hartnell;
  • Medical Sergeant R. Wilson;
  • Orderly Room Sergeant S. D. Watson;
  • Intelligence Sergeant S. B. Roberts
  • Provost Sergeant C. R. Webber.

Headquarters Company

Officer Commanding: Captain T. E. Parkinson

Officers: 

  • Lieutenant D. Hogarth, Transport Officer
  • Captain R.I.O. Stewart, Quartermaster
  • Lieutenant D.M. Philp, R.C.C.S.

Senior NCOs:

  • Company Sergeant Major R. Hess
  • Sergeant A. J. Cornett, Signals
  • Sergeant T. E. Tidy, Signals
  • Sergeant N. A. Tims, Technical Stores
  • Arm/Sergeant C. E. Craig, RCEME
  • Sergeant E. D. Shaw, RCASC

Support Company

Officer Commanding: Captain R. A. Cottrill

Officers:

  • Lieutenant B. Dunkelman, 3 Pl. (Mortars)
  • Captain J.G. Price, Lieutenant S. C. Biggs, 4 PI. (Carriers)
  • Captain T. A. Staunton, Lieutenant I. S. Waldie, 5 Pl. (Anti-Tank)
  • Lieutenant J. D. Pickup, 6 Pl. (Pioneer)

Senior NCOs:

  • Company Sergeant Major G. A. Cronkrite
  • Company Quartermaster SergeantG.C. Sutherland
  • Sergeants. D. A. Clute, R. M. Guiton, L. C. Warner, F. L. Styles, 3 Pl.
  • Sergeants. W. A. Nethery, K. A. Lang, A. Mair, F. J. M. Killick, 4 Pl.
  • Sergeants. A. W. Stiff, G. D. Tarzwell, W. B. Laffradi, C. D. Mackaskell, 5 Pl.
  • Sergeant. W. Ward, 6 Pl.
  • and Sergeantss. J. A. Selley, W. S. Clarke, A. W. Lambie, C. T. Ashby.

A Company

Officer Commanding: Major H. E. Dalton

Officers:

  • Captain R. D. Medland (2nd-in-Command)
  • Lieutenants D.D. Owen, J. L. Pond and P. C. Rea

Senior NCOs:

B Company

Officer Commanding: Major C.O. Dalton

Officers:

Senior NCOs:

  • Company Sergeant Major W. Wallis
  • Company Quartermaster Sergeant H. Gale
  • Sergeants F.R.Gaines; Forshaw; F.B. Harris. W.H. Middleton and G.W. Morrison.

C Company

Officer Commanding: Major O.A. Nickson

Officers:

  • Captain W. D. Stewart, (2nd-in-Command)
  • Lieutenants J.C. Arber, J.A.C. Auld and J. P. Harris.

Senior NCOs:

  • Company Sergeant Major T. J. Chivers
  • Company Quartermaster Sergeant W.H. Ives
  • Sergeants D.M. Kingstone, W. G. Murray, C. Anderson, C. B. Bell and K. D. Jamieson.

D Company

Officer Commanding: Major J. N. Gordon

Officers:

  • Captain R.W. Sawyer (2nd-in-Command)
  • Lieutenants. R.W. Barker; H.G.W. Bean and R. Fleming.

Senior NCOs:

  • Company Sergeant Major J.Forbes
  • Company Quartermaster Sergeant G. Saltstone
  • Sergeants S. Cole, S.T. Scrutton, T.C. McLaughlin, J.M. Mitchell and  H.S. Webb.
Source: Lieutenant-Colonel W.T. Barnard, The Queen’s Own Rifles Of Canada: 1860-1960. Ontario: The Ontario Publishing Co. Ltd., 1960.
See also D-Day Rifleman’s Uniform.

28 thoughts on “The Battle of Normandy: D-Day Landing June 2 – 7, 1944”

  1. I am in possession of a BD jacket QOR Lance Corporal Kraemer FG and his service number looks like A1092310 . He was promoted to 3 stripes eventually. I have searched for him on this site on the rolls etc and cant find him. He also has an occupation stripe so must have stayed on in Europe at wars end. Any info on him very much appreciated.!

  2. I live in a little village in Normandy and understand that the Canadians liberated the village. Would anyone be able to provide me with any information? A neighbour told me that it was a company from Quebec as the Quebec tongue is similar to Normandy patois so the locals understood everything they said. I believe that a few bottles of calvados were drunk! The village is called le Guislain and is between Coutances and St Lo. Many thanks

    1. Anne,
      Unfortunately this town is no where close to where the Canadians liberated which was roughly 60 kilometers to the east. The area of your village would have been liberated by an American unit.

  3. My father Edwin Williams was on a navy ship during the Normandy invasion I would like to find out the name of that ship he was born on may 10 1925 my mom said he was a driver of the ships that drove up on the beaches. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT .

  4. A wonderful true tale. My father’s stories about that long ago day always kept me riveted and were often hilarious. His dropping into 12 feet of water after shouting “Charge” always made us laugh. I think that was his way of avoiding perhaps more melancholy memories. Occasionally he would remember a name or two of the fallen from “B” Company especially at Remembrance Day services, when we would see him try and wipe his eyes quickly without us noticing, but we did….Well done.
    Christopher Dalton
    Eldest son of Lt. Col. C.O. Dalton

  5. To Richard Golden re Robert James Catling

    In Charley Martin’s book “Battle Diary” he refers to a Clarence Catling who died on the beach. In the CBC documentary about Charley Martin, on Youtube, there is an anecdote that Clarence Catling told all the members of his family, just before he boarded the train on the first leg of the trip to Europe, “Take a good look because you won’t see me again”. Very touching. Hope this helps

  6. War is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.

  7. my grandfather Leigh C Macdonald is looking for info on anyone that is still around he landed on sword beach he was in 3rd anti tank

  8. Was at Juno beach last Sunday as they were preparing for today’s celebration, 6th June 2014..

    The Juno Museum staff were preparing 300+ brass plaques mounted on wooden posts arranged next to the Museum, one for each lost at Juno on D-Day.

    Found a post front and centre bearing a plaque of a soldier with my surname of a Canadian from Ontario killed 6th June. Found that he was with his brother as they went ashore and his brother survived.

    Story described here:
    http://speeches.empireclub.org/62799/data?n=31

    Fred and Don Barnard – ‘Go Canada!’

    Plaque pictures here, Juno_2014:
    http://1drv.ms/1kIU2yH

    Best Regards,

    Bry Barnard, Wells, Somerset, England

  9. My great uncle Medrick Joseph Corvec, B149958 was a member of QOR and died on D-day. Any information on him would be greatly appreciated. From what I heard he might have been the Flame thrower carrier who died from enemy action.

    1. My name is Blake Seward and my students are researching the soldiers that landed but were killed on D-Day. We have all the service files of the soldiers but what we need are any photographs of the soldiers as it is very difficult to figure out which company the men were in. Any family member can contact me at blake.seward@ucdsb.on.ca.

    2. Need to know if Medrick Joseph Corvec Joined the Armed Forces when he was living in Sudbury Ontario. Francois, send me an Email

      1. He was living in Rouyn, QC. According to the stories I’ve been able to get from my family my great uncle Medrick (Médéric) Joseph Corvec, B149958 was a member of QOR and died on D-day. He was a conscript at first being arrested near the Welland Canal after dodging the draft, he volunteered to go overseas and trained mostly in England before D-day. From what my grandfather heard after meeting a Sergeant who was with Medrick during the landing. “Medrick was a pretty lucky guy always winning at dices and he started to lose on the boats before the attack giving him a sense of despair. He was a Flame thrower carrier who died when a bullet hit his reservoir on the second wave of soldiers going in.”

    3. Great Uncle Mederic stayed at his sister Jeannette or Marie house in Sudbury while his mother & father were in Muskwa B.C. . He writes to his sister Jeannette May 19 1944 saying ,
      ( I also got a letter from Dad, saying that they may move to Rouyn. ) He also writes that he got a letter from his brother Constant , saying that Constant is here but don’t know where. that he will try looking for him.
      ( Jeannette has moved to Windsor Ont. from Sudbury while Med was overseas.) Because Med was not married. his address is where his parents are living. ( Killed in Action: Corvec Medrick J. Rfn, Muskwa B.C. )

  10. how many of these men are still alive my dad died a couple of years ago hans holdor sten my uncle Edward carl sten is still alive he is 98 years old I wood like to know if ant more still alive thank you

  11. It may not be too important, but my father, (Cpl) Norman Carling landed with the Pioneer Corps on Juno Beach (Gray-sur-Mer) on D-Day+1. He was a medical orderly and was involved in caring for some of the injured on the beach and later up until the capture of Caen. Of course, the Pioneers main duties were in the clearing and widening of roads for tanks and heavy transport to move more quickly. In addition to being responsible for stretcher bearers and patching up soldiers to enable them to be sent back to England, his group repaired a water-supply point in Collombelles (?) repairing bridges and roads and built a new road from ‘York’ Bridge to the main road.
    His report of this period from landing until the relief of Caen has been published in the Pioneer, April 2010, or could be forwarded by me by email if required,

  12. Does anyone have any thing they could share on William (Cagey) K. Cousineau of Honey Harbour, Ont. Georgian Bay area?

    1. Hi I just stumbled upon your comment while doing some family research
      And I have done quite a bit regarding my family tree ….William k cousineau is the brother of my grandfather Francis Louis cousineau.
      William k cousineau was married to Delina copegog.
      Hope that helps some

  13. This is a very interesting read as I have few details of my grandfather Capt R.W. Sawyer ( D Company). Just starting to piece things together but I wear a memorial cross that was given to my great grandmother each Nov in memory of his ultimate sacrifice

  14. Hello. Where can I look to find which company my fathet was in? His name was Ralph Lawrence Furnival.
    Thank you,
    Donna Furnival

  15. This was a great read. My grandfather served in “B” company. (Rifleman William Rae),and was a sergeant at war’s end,which he ended sick as hell with diptheria. I don’t know too much more,but if anyone has any information,or where I may find some,please email me at somon_jay@live.com.
    The Regiment as a whole has my undying gratitude and thanks. God bless you all.

  16. This was a great read. My father always said he was most proud of the fact that they were the only Company? to make it’s mark at the end of the first day…that included the British and Americans. Dad was arguably the first Canadian to hit the beach on D-Day. Few landing crafts actually got to the beach. Dad’s driver got shot between the eyes and the landing craft went in by it’s self, missing all the mines and obsticales. Dad was 1 st off his landing craft.
    After the war he went back and cut out the panel of his landing craft, it is now in the museum at Castle Loma.
    Mark Dalton
    Eldest son of Colonel H.E. (Elliot) Dalton

    1. Thank you,Mark,for sharing this insight into the first moments of the landing. From what I know,it’s quite likely my grandfather was on your dad’s craft,Rifleman William Rae. He to,was one of the only member’s of B company to make the beach and get inland.

      1. My uncle RFMN Robert James Catling was KIA on juno beach and buried in beny sur mer
        Has any one ever heard of him or knew him All I have is his picture my mom gave to me
        and when a man was kia on the d day invasion was he or his family entitled to the france star
        as well as the spam medal

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