The D-Day Story Collection


An aerial photograph of part of Gold Beach on the Normandy coastline. The wing of the aircraft with black and white invasion stripes can be seen in the right foreground. A number of LCTs (Landing Craft, Tanks) and other large landing craft are at the water's edge or are manoeuvring in the water just offshore. Many tanks and other vehicles are lined up on the beach, and a small number can be seen further inland. Inland there are no major built-up areas. Several fires are burning along the coast. The photograph is dated on D-Day itself, and has the marking of 413 Squadron RAF. This photograph is part of a series of four overlapping aerial photographs (left to right or east to west these are 1989/503/4, 1989/503/2, 1989/503/7 and 1989/503/5). One of a collection of seven large aerial photographs of the Normandy beaches. It was copied by a firm in Bulawayo, possibly in 1949, presumably from an original wartime photograph. 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. It is mounted on card. 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: 1989/503/5