Two Second World War Speed Boats Return for June 6

| June 3, 2015

To commemorate the 71st anniversary of D-Day, 2 speed boats which were operational in the Second World War will return to Normandy:

  • A Royal Air Force launch which rescued Allied pilots shot down over the Channel. On June 6, 1944, this boat was positioned in the English Channel. It will be anchored at Bénouville near Pegasus Bridge between June 4 and 7 and will be open to the public. Tours on the canal are planned but the number of places will be limited.
  • A second boat, an Anglo-Canadian launch which escorted the fleet and was positioned off Sword Beach, Ouistreham, in 1944. This boat will be anchored in Courseulles harbour, in front of the fire station on June 5 and 6 and will be open to the public on the afternoon of June 5 and all day on June 6. Visits are free and the crew will be available to answer visitors’ questions.

The two boats belong to an association based in Portsmouth in England and the skippers are specialists of the Merchant navy, all volunteers.

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