Box 024, folder 25: John T. Hall

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HALL, John T.

Canadian R.C.A.F.

Box 24, #25

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THOUSANDS OF MEN, ON LAND AND SEA AND IN THE AIR, PARTICIPATED IN THE INVASION OF NORMANDY BETWEEN MIDNIGHT JUNE 5, 1944 AND MIDNIGHT JUNE 6, 1944. IF YOU WERE ONE OF THEM, PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

What is your full name? John Thomas Hall ( S/L Sea Island)

What was your squadron, station, unit? 51 BOMBER SQDN, SNAITH, YORKS (4 GROUP, RAF)

Where did you arrive in Normandy, and at what time? OVER TARGET - MONTFLEURY- APPROX -0330 hrs.

What was your rank on June 6, 1944? F/O (RCAF attached RAF).

What was your age on June 6, 1944? 30

Wore you married at that time? Yes.

What is your wife's name? DOROTHY M (BOASTEN)

Did you have any children at that time? Two

What do you do now? A GOOD QUESTION - S/L 5/AIR DIV Vancouver B.C.- FIGHTER CONTROLLER B.C.

When did you know that you were going to be part of the invasion? When over English CHANNEL

What was the trip like during the crossing of the Channel? Do you remember, for example, any conversations you had or how you passed the time? - REAR GUNNER- "CHRIST THE CHANNEL'S FULL OF SHIPS- GOING THE SAME WAY WE AREIT'S THE INVASION."

What were the rumors on board the boat, ship or plane in which you made the crossing? (Some people remember scuttlebut to the effect that the Germans had poured gasoline on the water and planned to set it afire when the troops came in). NIL- DUTIES NOT CONDUCIVE TO CHATTER

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Your name S/L HALL

Did you by any chance keep a diary of what happened to you that day? Include any impressions from it.

Were any of your friends killed or wounded either during landing or during the day?

Do you remember any conversations you had with them before they became casualties?

Were you wounded? NO

Do you remember what it was like—that is, do you remember whether you felt any pain or were so surprised that you felt nothing?

Do you remember seeing or hearing anything that seems funny now, even though it may not have seemed funny at the time? LIGHT CLOUD 10000, obscured WINDSREENheard engine off beat- looked out side to see ME109 ON RECIPROCAL course roll starboard to avoid port wingtip

Do you recall any incident, sad or heroic or simply memorable, which struck you more than anything else?

Did you encounter any enemy aircraft or flak? Was your aircraft demaged? No _No_ Flash of HE s in target area

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Your name S/L HALL

In times of great crisis, people generally show either great ingenuity or self-reliance; others do incredibly stupid things. Do you remember any examples of either from D-Day?

Where were you at midnight on June 5, 1944? BRIEFING OR IN AIRCRAFT BEFORE TAKEOFF- TARGET GUN EMPLACEMENTS MONT FLEURY

Where were you at midnight on June 6, 1944? NIGHT MISSION TO CHATEAUOUN- TIME UNKNOWN

Do you know of anybody else who landed within the 24 hours of D-Day, June 6, as infantry, glider or airborne troops, or who took part in the air and sea operations, whom we should write to? NO.

PLEASE LET US HAVE THIS QUESTIONNAIRE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT WE CAN INCLUDE YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE BOOK. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE YOUR STORY ON SEPARATE SHEETS IF WE HAVE NOT LEFT SUFFICIENT ROOM. FULL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WILL BE GIVEN IN A CHAPTER CALLED "WHERE THEY ARE NOW;" YOUR NAME AND VOCATION OR OCCUPATION WILL BE LISTED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

W.M. Lee Squadron Leader Director of Public Relations (Air) Air Force Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario.

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