Glen McBride described in his memoirs what he did immediately after his landing:
“Our first job was to dig slit trenches, and it was only a matter of minutes before we had holes for ourselves in the soft sand. With me were my batman, Little, a W.O. from the Transport Section, one of the Squadron Leader's sergeants, and five Service police.
Once the slit trenches were dug I sent the W.O. to reccy a place where he could set up workshops, and told the Service Police and the sergeant to stay put while I reported to the Colonel. The Colonel told me that there was little I could do because the assaulting troops had not advanced far enough inland to allow a reconnaissance to be made for the Beach Maintenance Area.”
The Colonel was Lieutenant-Colonel D. H. V. Board of the 5th Battalion, The King’s Regiment who was the commanding officer of No 5 Beach Group to which 101 Beach Flight were attached. Glen wrote, “This was the last time I saw Colonel Board. An hour later he was reported missing; his body was not found till next day.” (Lieutenant-Colonel Board was killed by a German sniper.)
“I put my Service Police on traffic duty and looked around to see what I could do myself. Still lying on the beach, and as far back as the second lateral road, were hundreds of our wounded. A P.O.W. cage had been put up on the beach and a lot of Jerries had been herded into this. I borrowed eight of the Jerries and went in search of stretchers.”
Glen and his group of German prisoners worked to recover the wounded for the best part of two hours and then he “handed the Jerries back to their guards and went in search of the Squadron Leader”.
“The Jerries were a willing team,” he said, “and hastened about their work, although I wasn’t even armed; I’d handed over all my packs and equipment to Little.”
Part of a longer entry in the Squadron Operations Record Book timed at 1230 on D Day reads as follows: