By Simon Trew

On D-Day, British XXX Corps used to be ordered to wreck open the German defenses on Gold seashore and strengthen to catch Bayeux. Its commander, Lieutenant-General G.C. Bucknall, selected the fiftieth (Northumbrian) department, a veteran formation blooded in North Africa, to spearhead the touchdown, supported through forty seven Royal Marine Commando. regardless of bad climatic conditions hampering the deliberate armored help, the assaulting infantry overcame stiff resistance and heavy casualties to typhoon the seashore. through midday Gold seashore used to be in complete use as a reception and dispersal website, with all 4 brigades of fiftieth department ashore and urgent inland. even if Bayeux used to be no longer taken, the defenses in the direction of Arromanches have been speedy cleared, securing the location of the 1st synthetic harbors so important to the Normandy crusade. the coming of seventh Armoured department (the wasteland Rats), additionally North Africa veterans, within the days following D-Day consolidated the beachhead within the face of mounting German resistance, atmosphere the scene for additional penetration inland.

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Sgt Paavo Tolonen did not return from this mission, and his disappearance was not observed by anyone. 'In addition to the eight I-16s that we had initially attacked, there were four more below them. ' BASE MOVE LeR 3 transferred the 1st, 3rd and 4th Flights of LeLv 24 to the captured airfield at Suulajarvi, on the Karelian Isthmus, on 15 November. The base had been refurbished by the Russians between the wars, and it was captured by Finnish troops virtually intact. On 21 November five aircraft from the 2nd Flight took off from Tiiksjarvi and flew to Immola.

A sergeant pilot in my flight fired on a dive-bomber that was trying to sit on my tail, and it rolled over and disappeared. ' Short of fuel, the Buffalo pilots then had to land almost immediately, although Vanderfield headed directly back to Ipoh, where he was credited with two Ki-48s and one Ki-51 destroyed. These were the first victories attributed to a future RAF Buffalo ace, and Vanderfield had achieved this feat with his undercarriage stuck down! His wingmen, Sgts Read and Collyer, also claimed three Ki-51s between them.

A little over a month later, on 22 October, Capt Eino Luukkanen and his wingman from 1/LeLv 24 intercepted an 11-4 of 1st GMTAP 3/LeLv 24 flight leader Capt Jorma Karhunen, test pilot Capt Pekka Kokko and Karhunen's pet dog Peggy B r o w n ' pose in front of BW-366 at Rompotti w h e n the latter ace paid a visit t o his old unit on 29 September 1942. Karhunen shot d o w n eight aircraft in just three combats in mid-August 1942 and w a s a w a r d e d t h e M a n n e r h e i m Cross on 8 S e p t e m b e r 1942.

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