11th November 2021 - 13th November 2021
DETLING SQUADRONS PROVIDE CRUCIAL SUPPORT TO D-DAY INVASION!
On 6th June 1944 five squadrons, led by Wing Commander Mike Crossley, played a crucial part in the success of the D-Day invasion.
These squadrons with a variety of aircraft were based at Airfield 125 (Detling)
DETLING PLAYERS ANNOUNCE THEIR FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE SINCE 2019
‘PRESSURE’ by David Haig
In our play, Pressure, the RAF is represented by Air Chief Marshall Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory who describes the weather conditions forecast for the planned D-Day invasion as “absolutely impossible” as planes from Detling and other airfields wouldn’t have been able to drop markers for the troop carrying gliders and the bombers.
So the RAF were critical in the decision to postpone D-Day for one day. In addition on the actual D-Day, spitfires from Detling protected the bombers as they crossed the channel and two squadrons were tasked with attacking German forward bases in Normandy to support the landings.