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D-Day 80th anniversary latest: Veterans land once again in Normandy after emotional journey


Two veterans who died only weeks ago are among those being honoured with portraits to mark the anniversary.

Harry Howorth, who died on 17 April aged 102, was in the first wave of troops that landed on Sword Beach, aged 22.

He nearly drowned when his landing craft’s ramp dug into the seabed, pulling him underwater until someone rescued him.

His battalion destroyed a German gun battery, which helped secure the beach.

“You never forget,” he previously told the charity Blind Veterans UK. 

“You can even see some of the faces of your comrades who didn’t make it.”

Ken Hobbs, who died on 16 April aged 101, was a mechanic with the Royal Army Service Corps who waterproofed and drove lorries on to Sword beach, aged 21.

He was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, the highest French order of merit.

“It was horrible because the Germans were waiting for us, of course. I was one of the lucky ones that got through, but we lost a lot of people, a lot of men.”

Their images, overlaid on photographs of D-Day, are being displayed alongside 14 other veterans who have been beneficiaries of Blind Veterans UK.

Six of the portraits are being displayed at the Winston Churchill Centre in Normandy on D-Day.

Seven of the portraits will be featured in a special exhibition at the National Army Museum in London until 9 June.



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