The D-Day Story Collection


An aerial photograph of the coastline of the Normandy coastline. King Red Sector of Gold Beach is to the left hand side of the prominent road going inland near centre of photo, and King Green Sector in centre and right hand part of photo. A number of Landing Craft, Tanks (LCT) and other large landing craft are near the beach. Inland there are no major built-up areas. Smoke is rising from a number of fires along the coast. Many tanks and other vehicles are lined up on the beach, and others can be seen making their way inland along a road. The wing of the aircraft, bearing invasion stripes, can be seen in the right foreground. This image is part of a series of four aerial photographs in this collection - left to right [east to west] these are 1989/503/4, 1989/503/2, 1989/503/7 and 1989/503/5. 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. The photograph has a section torn out in the top left corner. See 'D-Day Then and Now' Vol.2 (After the Battle, 1995) pp.434-435 for a higher altitude photograph of the same beach taken on the same sortie. 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: 1989/503/2