Tag Archives: Sainte Mere Eglise

Normandy June 2014 – Day#04 Monday 2nd June

German Military Cemetery at Marigny Initially, we’d planned to use this day checking out again Ray Elledge’s crash site where we would have dug up some of the metal. However, as this had now been confirmed as not a crash site, we decided to do something different and decided to head off to Coutances as […]

Normandy 2013 – Day#10 Monday 10th June

A PoW’s  journey You’ll recall that last year we met Bill Sullivan & his wife, Elizabeth, who, whilst not one of the “MenInTheShed”, gave me (via Morris Sheppard’s son, Jim) lots of information of the time when he was “on the run” with Morris, allowing us to re-find the places they’d been, I was proud to […]

Normandy 2013 – Day#7 Friday 7th June

Operation BLUECOAT, Sainte-Mère-Église and UTAH Beach Following Operation BLUECOAT In the past, whenever we’ve visited Normandy and followed the tour of Opertion BLUECOAT laid out in the back of Ian Daglish’s book on the subject, we’ve always started at Caumont & made it as far as Le Beny Bocage, or perhaps th e cemetery at […]

Normandy tour 2013

Normandy… And so it came to pass, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen, that our heroes did decide that the time had come to once again embark on their quest to quaff ales and wines from far and near, to eat food that they were not sure of and to boldly go […]

Updates to Gerald Willen’s pages

I’ve spent a couple of days uploading some of the additional information that Scott Willen (Gerald’s son) sent me. In particular there are details from a large newspaper article published on the eve of D-Day’s 50th Anniversary together will a follow-up article from later in the month advising of his death. There’s also lots of […]

Bill Sullivan in 2012 at Sainte Mère Église

I have been sent this photograph of Bill Sullivan on 2nd June 2012 when he visited Sainte Mère Église as part of his annual trip to Normandy. In the photograph with him is Jean Paul Mandier who kindly provided the photograph – thanks JeanPaul Bill wasn’t one of “The Men in the Shed”, but he […]

Day 6: 5th June

This was quite a busy day, covering Operation EPSOM, the “Scottish Corridor” and Hill 112 and then on the trail of Ray Elledge and Francis Gillespie with some “Calvados hunting” in between. Operation EPSOM, the “Scottish Corridor” and Hill 112 Last year, we had visited the “shoulder” of the Operation EPSOM battlefield when we took a look around Rauray & […]