The D-Day Story Collection


An aerial photograph of the Normandy coastline. This is White sector on Sword Beach. La Brèche d'Hermanville is on the coast on the right hand side of the photograph, with a road leading inland from it to Hermanville, just inland. Many Landing Craft, Tanks (LCT) and other large landing craft can be seen at the beach and manoeuvring offshore, and many vehicles are on the beach. There is a strip of buildings along the coast. The wing of the aircraft, bearing invasion stripes, can be seen in the right foreground. 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 location shown in this particular photograph was identified from a reproduction of the same photograph in the book 'Gold Juno Sword' by Georges Bernage, Heimdal, p.134. 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: 1989/503/6