My father, Dennis Dayman, was a Sword Beach Veteran of the 2nd Battalion K.S.L.I. 3rd British Infantry Div. and landed at Lion Sur Mer on 7th June. He went on through France, Belgium, Holland & Germany and ended up in Hamburg when the war ended. He was one of those soldiers who liberated Belsen camp. Later he also went to Cyprus and Palestine.
On 5th June 2014 he was awarded his Legion d'Honneur in Caen. He went back to Normandy many times for the D-day celebrations and his last visit was in June 2016. He sadly died in the following July, just 6 weeks later.
My Uncle was a Canadian Paratrooper and carried a sten in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He said his group landed on a farm where there were chickens running around freely. All the men were hungry, so he put the silencer on his sten gun... he said the only thing he could hear was the bolt clicking back and forth as feathers were flying everywhere. They all ate well that night!
I worked as a trainee metallurgist at Stewarts & Lloyds steelworks in the mid 1960s. The pipes used in Operation Pluto were produced here and my boss at the time, Paul Whittaker, had been the Chief Metallurgist involved in the project. Later on I remember a pub in Corby was named The Pluto.