The D-Day Story Collection


An aerial photograph of the Normandy coastline, probably showing the St Aubin area of Juno Beach. Only a few naval craft can be seen, and apparently no troops have been landed directly on the beach here. Fires are burning along the coast, which is lined with buildings. The wing of the aircraft, bearing invasion stripes, can be seen in the right foreground. The photograph is dated on D-Day itself, and was the print has the marking of 413 Squadron RAF. This photograph was taken by Air Commodore Andrew Geddes, the Deputy Senior Air Staff Officer of the Second Tactical Air Force. He flew a photographic sortie along all the beaches mid-morning on D-Day, and this is one of the photographs he took then. One of a collection of seven large aerial photographs of the Normandy beaches. Copied by a firm in Bulawayo, possibly in 1949, presumably from an original wartime photograph. It is mounted on card. More information about Air Commodore Geddes' flight on D-Day is given in 1989/503/8.

Location: In store, can be viewed by appointment


Reference: 1989/503/1