Rare aerial photographs show chaos of Normandy's beaches on D-Day

The Ministry of Defence has released rare photographs taken from Royal Air Force planes as the D-Day landings took place on June 6, 1944.

Smoke billows as the allied troops land at Gold Beach on D-Day.
Smoke billows as the allied troops land at Gold Beach on D-Day. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Image taken on June 6, 1944, of Sword Beach as the D-Day landings happened.
Image taken on June 6, 1944, of Sword Beach as the D-Day landings happened. Credit: Ministry of Defence
The waters at Omaha beach as seen from an Royal Air Force Mustang aircraft.
The waters at Omaha beach as seen from an Royal Air Force Mustang aircraft. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Sword beach aerial.
The Ministry of Defence has released the images on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Credit: Ministry of Defence
A Mustang aircraft being prepared for Normandy mission - the pictures were taken from one of these aircrafts.
A Mustang aircraft being prepared for Normandy mission - the pictures were taken from one of these aircrafts. Credit: Ministry of Defence