Saturday, June 6, 2009

June 6, 1944

A squadron of Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter planes flies across the English countryside. The fighters were on their way to France on D-Day. An estimated 12,000 aircraft flew support during the landings, flying 14,000 sorties against German defenses.

Tracer fire from many different ships lights up the night sky over the English Channel during the opening phase of D-Day.

A crowd congregates in Times Square to await news of the D-Day landings.

Civilians in Illinois buy newspapers describing D-Day.

Allied troops on Normandy Beach, many falling down with wounds or from exhaustion, wait for reinforcements on June 6, 1944.

On the second day of the Normandy invasion, American G.I.s toast each other with wine after locating a German sniper during the advance into the town of Ste. Mere-Eglise.

Joseph Vaghi, a U.S. Navy ensign, chats with residents of Colleville-Sur-Mer after D-Day.

A German flag captured in the French town of Carentan doubles as a tablecloth for a U.S. Coast Guard officer and two Army officers aboard a Coast Guard-manned landing craft off the French coast. During the D-Day invasion, it took 4,100 landing craft to ferry 160,000 men to a coastline that stretched 50 miles long and was protected by heavy enemy fire.


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