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Staff-Sergeant Bone, Glider Pilot Regiment, an RAF pilot (middle), Staff-Sgt Dean, Glider Pilot Regiment (right) and an unknown man (Left) of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, taken by D. A. Reynolds, a Canadian, during the first week of the Normandy
Merville Battery Glider Pilots
Shortly after midnight on June 6th 1944 men of 9th Battalion the Parachute Regiment along with section of sappers from the Royal Engineers and Glider Pilots undertook a daring operation; to take and eliminate German guns in four casemates to prevent them firing onto the beaches planned for the seaborne element of Operation Overlord later that same morning. Eight Horsa's would carry in stores including Jeeps ammunition etc.
S/Sgt. Dean and his co-pilot Sgt Stan Bone flew another of the Horsa's in the assault on the Merville Battery carrying, among others, Capt. Gordon Brown. It was Capt. Brown who had the idea of marking the Glider Borne forces with the skull and crossbones which were then painted on the the Denison smocks.
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