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At 13.50 on the 11 June 1944,

F/O H.G. Garwood of 412 Squadron RCAF (Tangmere) was flying VZ-S (MJ 255) MK IXB Spitfire when it suffered an engine failure* near Tilly-sur-Seulles, Calvados, Normandy during the allied invasion.

He was forced to execute a wheels-up landing which tore the port wing off as it looped in the grass.
Fortunately Garwood was able to make it back to his base, unharmed, a day later.

We think these tanks maybe from the 24th Lancers with the 8th Armoured Brigade, the regiment landed on Gold Beach, in the second wave of the Operation Overlord landings, supporting the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division. Shortly after landing, it was involved in the fighting around Putot-en-Bessin and Villers Bocage, also seeing intensive action in the Tilly-sur-Seulles, Fontenay-le-Pesnel, Tessel Wood and Rauray areas.

Photo taken 17th June as these Shermans were advancing.

(Photo source – © IWM B 5660 – Photographer, Sgt. Midgley)

*Note: Most reports say he suffered engine failure though a few articles say this spit was shot down by enemy AA.
(Researched by Doug)
(Colour by RJM)


At 13.50 on the 11 June 1944,

F/O H.G. Garwood of 412 Squadron RCAF (Tangmere) was flying VZ-S (MJ 255) MK IXB Spitfire when it suffered an engine failure* near Tilly-sur-Seulles, Calvados, Normandy during the allied invasion.

He was forced to execute a wheels-up landing which tore the port wing off as it looped in the grass.
Fortunately Garwood was able to make it back to his base, unharmed, a day later.

We think these tanks maybe from the 24th Lancers with the 8th Armoured Brigade, the regiment landed on Gold Beach, in the second wave of the Operation Overlord landings, supporting the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division. Shortly after landing, it was involved in the fighting around Putot-en-Bessin and Villers Bocage, also seeing intensive action in the Tilly-sur-Seulles, Fontenay-le-Pesnel, Tessel Wood and Rauray areas.

Photo taken 17th June as these Shermans were advancing.

(Photo source – © IWM B 5660 – Photographer, Sgt. Midgley)

*Note: Most reports say he suffered engine failure though a few articles say this spit was shot down by enemy AA.
(Researched by Doug)
(Colour by RJM)

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