D-Day 70th Anniversary
We should not forget the part HMS Ajax and her crew played in the D-Day landings. She left the Clyde on 4th June and by the 6th she was off Gold Beach, Normandy coast, ready for the D-Day assault. Ajax was the first ship to open fire on D-Day and within eight minutes had destroyed her first target, a battery of 5.9 inch guns at Longues, at a range of 12,000 yards – she fired 114 six inch shells with direct hits through two of the 5.9 inch gun ports of the three guns. She returned to Portsmouth on the 9th.
One of our Association members, Richard Llewellyn, was featured in the BBC 1 series of programmes D-Day 70 Heroes Remembered in which he gives a wonderful account of his experiences on that day from the diary he kept. The programme, Episode 2, was screened on 3rd June at 9.15 a.m. and can be viewed through BBC iPlayer