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2 Jul 1944 photo of the wreckage left on Sword Beach following the D-Day landings in Normandy, France; in this case, a P-47 Thunderbolt that was shot down 10 Jun 1944 on a mission to Cherbourg, France. Photo 1 of 2.

Caption   2 Jul 1944 photo of the wreckage left on Sword Beach following the D-Day landings in Normandy, France; in this case, a P-47 Thunderbolt that was shot down 10 Jun 1944 on a mission to Cherbourg, France. Photo 1 of 2. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Signal Corps
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Photos on Same Day 2 Jul 1944
Photos at Same Place Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Normandy, France
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Nov 2016
Licensing  Public Domain. According to the United States copyright law (United States Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105), in part, "[c]opyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government".



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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
18 Nov 2016 11:10:49 PM

This section of beach is at the edge of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer which was technically part of Juno Beach but is actually at one end of Sword Beach. The aircraft (s/n 42-76297) had been part of the USAAF 386th Fighter Squadron based at Beaulieu, Hampshire, England and flown by 2Lt John Weese on a flight to support operations around Cherbourg. While separated from the other planes in his flight, Lt Weese’s plane was disabled by Luftwaffe Lt Adolf Glunz of JG 26/6 flying a Fw-190A-7 fighter. Lt Weese radioed that he had no oil pressure, his propeller had stopped, and he was going to attempt a belly landing on one of the landing beaches. He ended up crashing in the water just off Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and was killed in the crash (MACR 5696). The same day, the No2 RAF Beach Squadron recovered Lt Weese’s body from the aircraft and then dragged the aircraft onto the beach the following day.

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WW2-Era Place Name Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Normandy, France
Lat/Long 49.3320, -0.3927
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