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Photos | Vets Remember their Roles in D-Day
SUTTON COLDFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 22: Normany veteran 92-year-old Denzil Cooper poses for a photograph at his home in Sutton Coldfield on January 22, 2014 in Sutton Coldfield, England. On the evening of D-Day, Denzil Cooper who served in the Glider Pilot Regiment flew as co-pilot of a Horsa glider transporting troops of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry. Luckily glider pilot losses in the landings were low and Denzil, with his fellow pilots, made their way back to England almost immediately as they would be needed to fly on future airborne operations. Asked what his most vivid memory of D-Day was he replied: 'My most vivid memory is watching the tail of a glider come off and then watching what was left of it land safely. ' June 6 2014 will see the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 Allied troops from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada, Free France and Norway begin the liberation of France which eventually helped led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of commemoration events are being planned in Normandy, but with the youngest participants now at least 88-years-old, it is also expected to be the last memorial pilgrimage to France for many of the surviving veterans.
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