Where were you on D-Day?
to the Editor from Keith B. Armstrong, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex
I was probably in school on that momentous day, but I was also in the
4th Ashford (Middx) scouts at the time. We went to camp at Weedon in
Northamptonshire from 12 to the 19 August 1944. I think on the
Wednesday of that week my friend Tom Bailey and I were left in charge
of the camp while the troop went off on an exercise. During that time
and for several hours, we saw Airspeed Horsa gliders and American Waco
Hadrian gliders towed across the sky. They were flying in two lines
like parallel lanes on a motorway. The towing aircraft were mostly
Douglas DC3 Dakotas and Armstrong Whitworth Albemarles. I think some of
the aircraft were towing two gliders.
I have attempted to find out where the aircraft were going, and the
Airborne Forces Museum the Head of Airborne Forces told me that it
could have been an exercise. Could Barbara Dove tell me how I might
discover further information about the aircraft I saw?
I am trying to find the birth of Catherine Simons, daughter of William
(Carter) Simons and Catherine Reynolds in the early 1870s at Falmouth,
Cornwall, so far without success. I have two unwanted certificates one
for Catherine Simons daughter of Henry, a coastguard, who was born at
St Germans, Cornwall, and William Edward Simons, a mariner, born at
Lexden, Essex. If other members with an interest in the Simons family
would like these certificates I will pass them on.