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The Road to Liberation - 27th December 1940

Good morning everyone

I hope you are all doing well this morning and sheltering from storm Bella that is hitting the Channel Islands, France and the UK. It's causing some issues locally and I will be out later to do a site check as the rain + wind will lead to some flooding. Will bring the camera with me as stormy weather can lead to some dramatic photography.

Have a fantastic day!



Above is from the west coast of Jersey and is a German Anti-Tank gun Bunker at Resistance Nest L'Oeilliere. More photos info and maps on the webpage.

For those following on our social media channels below is the 3d model of this site that we were working on yesterday


Occupation Focus

80 years ago today 27th of December 1940

Today would be the 180th day of the Islands Occupation with 1,594 days remaining.

80 years ago today 27 December 1940, a German aircraft, maybe a Junkers Ju 52 crashes and burns at Jersey Airport


Further afield

80 years ago today

27th of December 1940

80 years ago today the above German escort vessel was photographed off the Dutch coast on during a torpedo attack by No. 22 Squadron.

Bristol Beaufort Mk I bomber (N1118 OA-X) was on this an anti-shipping sortie and had launched a torpedo at the German minesweeper SS Templar. The torpedo struck and badly damaged the ship but not before flak had shot down the Beaufort into the sea.

The crew were all lost.

Pilot S/Ldr. D.V.W. Francis Mid 37165 RAF / Runnymede Memorial

Observer Sgt. R.J. Farthing 564639 RAF / Runnymede Memorial

Wireless Operator Sgt. J.W. Unett 638891 RAF / Sage War Cemetery in Germany

Air Gunner F/O. E. Pennington 77122 RAF / Runnymede Memorial

Bristol Beaufort Mk I Bombers of Sqaudron 22

- only the tower and the administrative block were unscathed


The December book recommendation is "The Americans on D-Day."

This book has 450 dramatic photographs captured in northern France during the first day and week of its liberation and is available on kindle! Click the photo to find out more. It also would make a fantastic Christmas Present.

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