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Ted Inge

Ted Inge left No. 3 Embarkation Unit, R.A.F. and the comfort of civilian digs on Merseyside for the rigours of life with No: 2 R.A.F. Beach Squadron. In the invasion of Normandy, Ted was the “X" N.C.O. responsible for setting up an explosives dump a mile or so inland from the landing beach in the JUNO assault area.

“I was the only R.A.F. type on my L.S.I . [1] All the remainder were Canadian assault troops and the only person I knew was a Major who apparently had been at Anzio. He was to do for the army what I was to do for the R.A.F. i.e. set up an explosives dump. The landing was not too bad. I had experienced worse on practice landings. When I got ashore the Canadians were still milling around in Courseulles. It was no place for us with just two S&W .380 [2] between us. So I brewed up and the major left me to recce, only to return hours later pushing a cycle with the news that he was setting off for his site. I decided that I would stay the night in the grounds of some chateau and push on in the morning light. The rest of my squadron were to have a terrible time being kept off shore for three or four days. Priority being given to fighting troops.[3] I have no idea what time I actually landed but I was scheduled for D Day plus two hours and have always thought that I must have been one of the first of R.A.F. ground staff to land in France.  We collected 2 Croix de Guerre and I was lucky in the draw for Oak Leaves. [4]

After the initial few weeks of the invasion I was posted to No. 89 Embarkation Unit in Arromanches. Imagine my surprise in finding that the Squadron Leader in command was Lofty Lawson whom I had first met when he was a Flight Lieutenant at No. 3 Embarkation Unit. Long after the war my wife and I motored through Normandy and the little wooden hut that most of the S.N.C.O.s used at Arromanches was still there. Senior N.C.O.s Fletcher, Clark, Fry and Blanchard are names I can recall. I worked with Sgt Ginger Clark after the war - we were both with British Airways. After a few weeks at Arromanches I took a small detachment to Caen, subsequently joining up again with 89 E.U. at Calais.”

1 Landing Ship Infantry
2 Smith and Wesson revolver
3 In fact, according to the Operations Record Book of No 2 R.A.F. Beach Squadron on D-Day, 6th June, “most personnel of No 104 Beach Flight landed at the following times - 0845, 1015, 1400 and 1800 hours.” However, a party from 104 Beach Flight phased to land at H + 9 on D-Day were seriously delayed and did not land until the morning of 8th June (D + 2). Also delayed were, “most personnel of Squadron Headquarters.” They were phased for landing at H + 7 on D-Day but “could not land and were compelled to stand offshore, awaiting instructions to beach.” The Squadron C.O., W/Cmdr B. Armiger was ashore by 2200 hours on D-Day but the delayed Squadron HQ personnel and vehicles landed around 1600 hours on 7th June (D + 1). The record also states that, “Headquarters No 103 Beach Flight arrived off the Coast of NORMANDY at 1030 hours, the first Serials landing at 1500 hours. All other Flight personnel landed at later times throughout the day, except Serial 1153.” Serial 1153 did however make it ashore around 2200 hours on D-Day
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4 By this Ted means he was Mentioned In Despatches - a single bronze oak leaf emblem worn on the ribbon of the War Medal 1939-45 signifies this award, which could be for gallantry in action or for other noteworthy service.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 JANUARY, 1946

 Air Ministry,1st January, 1946.
The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the publication of the names of the following personnel who have been mentioned in despatches:-

Sergeants-.

644104 E. G. INGE.
 

See Gazette Issue 37407 at www.gazettes-online.co.uk

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