They were called the greatest generation.
And it’s not an overstatement to say that nearly 70 years ago, they saved the world.
68 years ago 113,000 men jumped into or stormed ashore in europe.
And the fate of the Third Reich was sealed.
It began before dawn on June 6, 1944.
Paratroopers and glider troops from the US and England were dropped into France behind enemy lines.
And then 7000 ships from 8 different navies began the assault at dawn, landing on 5 different beaches. For the US, Utah and Omaha, for the British, Gold and Sword, and for the Canadians, Juno.
Omaha was the bloodiest for the American forces.
And the Canadians took 50% casualties on Juno.
Bill Halbert was an 18-year-old B-26 bomber pilot on his way to the Mediterranean when he got the word.
But for him, the flying continued until VE Day in the spring of 1945.
And the road to Berlin, paved by his bombs, began on this day on a beach on the west coast of France.
By the way, Bill Halford went on to fly F-86’s in Korea and F-100’s in Viet Nam.
He’s part of the volunteer staff at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum.