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Deployment - France

Some of the Phantoms were parachuted into France before D-Day, others went in with the assault troops and others to support the Battle of Normandy.

During the assault, first news of the Normandy landings was sent back by Phantom. Their reconnaissance operation began while still on the landing craft listening in to how the battle ahead of them was going on. Other patrols from Phantom came to Normandy on D+1 (7 June 1944) and onwards. One patrol was assigned to each Divisional HQ of 1 and 30 Corps to land with Main Divisional HQ. Thus on D-Day, three Patrols (5, 8 & 14) landed with 3rd BR, 50th Northumbrian and 3rd Canadian Divisions.

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