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Royal Air Force Beach Units

Personal Stories

Personal stories of men who served with R.A.F. beach units in World War Two

These men have described some of their experiences in their own words..

John R. Alcock

The Landing Officer of 103 Beach Flight, No. 2 R.A.F. Beach Squadron who landed in the JUNO assault area on D-Day in Normandy (Operation OVERLORD) and was Mentioned In Despatches.

J R Alcock

John H. Fenton

A Code & Cypher Sergeant in the signals section of No. 4 R.A.F. Beach Squadron, John landed in Normandy in the GOLD assault area
(Operation OVERLORD).

Sgt J H Fenton

Ted Inge

A few words from an explosives section Sergeant, who landed in Normandy in the JUNO assault area with No. 2 R.A.F. Beach Squadron (Operation OVERLORD) and was Mentioned In Despatches.

 

W. Sinclair MacLeod

A Canadian Code & Cypher Sergeant who served with the R.A.F. Component of 33 Beach Brick, recalls the assault landings in Sicily and the toe of Italy.

Sgt. W. Sinclair MacLeod, RCAF

Glen McBride

The Landing Officer of 101 Beach Flight of No. 1 R.A.F. Beach Squadron , who landed in the SWORD assault area on D-Day in Normandy (Operation OVERLORD) and was Mentioned In Despatches.

Flt Lt G McBride RAAF

Ron Plater

First joining a beach unit in North Africa and a beach unit veteran of three
D-Days, Ron was at Sicily, Salerno and finally, with 108 Beach Flight of
No. 4 R.A.F. Beach Squadron in Normandy.

Sgt. Ron Plater

H. G. W. Roberts

In at the start with No. 69 R.A.F. Beach Unit this R.A.F. policeman was at Sicily, Salerno and finally, with No. 4 R.A.F. Beach Squadron in Normandy.

 

 

David Teacher

M.T. Mechanic in No. 71 R.A.F. Beach Unit and 103 Beach Flight of
No. 2 R.A.F. Beach Squadron, who landed in the JUNO assault area on D-Day in, Normandy (Operation OVERLORD).

David Teacher

We know something about the men below thanks to those who remember them.

 

 

Clary Adams

A Coppersmith & Sheet Metal Worker who was in the M.T. Section of
No. 70 Beach Unit and 101 Beach Flight of No. 1 R.A.F. Beach Squadron,
in the SWORD assault area, Normandy (Operation OVERLORD).

 

Clary Adams

Trevor Barlow

An M.T. Fitter who joined the RAF Component of No. 35 Beach Brick in
the Middle East and trained for the Salerno landings.

 

T. Barlow

Henry Charles Fry

Acting Flight Sergeant with 101 Beach Flight in Operation OVERLORD, Fry was Mentioned In Despatches and awarded the Croix de Guerre.

H C Fry

Edward McMahon

Airman who served with No. 68 R.A.F. Beach Unit from its formation and took part in the Sicily and Salerno assault landings, later joining No. 61 Embarkation Unit in Naples.

Edward McMahon

Robert A. Sandison

Acting Squadron Leader ‘Sandy’ Sandison received a Mention in Despatches as commander of 103 Beach Flight in the JUNO assault area on D-Day in Normandy (Operation OVERLORD).

Squadron Leader Sandison

Len Sexton

An Aircrafthand, General Duties with 107 Beach Flight of
No.4 R.A.F. Beach Squadron, Len landed in Normandy in
the GOLD assault area (Operation OVERLORD).

 

LAC Len Sexton

 

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