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D-Day 70 years on: The region remembers

The D-Day landings 70 years ago are being marked in events and ceremonies across the Anglia region

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Norfolk: RAF Marham squadron recreate heroic D-Day mission

A Tornado from 2 Squadron at RAF Marham in Norfolk's recreated a reconnaissance mission. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Tornado from 2 Squadron at RAF Marham in Norfolk has recreated a reconnaissance mission carried out over the coast of France on D-Day nearly 70 years ago.

A jet from the base, fitted with a digital camera, photographed the beaches of Normandy.

In 1944 it took three aircraft and 30 flights to get the latest images of the battlefront on those beaches.

A jet from the base, fitted with a digital camera, photographed the beaches of Normandy. Credit: ITV News Anglia

On D-Day itself, June 6 1944, a II (AC) Squadron Mustang, piloted by Air Commodore Andrew Geddes, brought back the first pictures of the Normandy landings.

Wing Commander Jez Holmes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"With the modern technology, we replicated Air Commodore Geddes' flight down the beach at 800 ft," Wing Commander Jez Holmes told ITV News Anglia.

"But of course, we weren't faced with the apocalyptic vision that those pilots were faced with at the very moment that the first landing craft touched the sand."

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