Tuesday, 7 June 2011

St Mere Eglise and Paratrooper "John Steele"

St Mere Eglise and Paratrooper "John Steele"
Originally uploaded by CopperPhoenix

This picture is always popular on 6th June, as it shows the paratrooper dummy placed on the Church in Ste Mere Eglise each summer, commemorating the night of 6th June 1944 when US paratroopers landed in the town square. John Steele's parachute caught on the church tower and he hung there playing dead for a couple of hours before being captured. The event was shown in the film "The Longest Day"

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