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2.
Were any of your friends killed or wounded either during the landing or
during the day? Yes
Do you remember any conversations you had with them before they became
casualties?
I had conversation with some of them but cannot
remember what the conversation was about
Were you wounded? I was wounded on D plus 5
How were you wounded? I had just come from the front line.
and had dismounted from the tank (A Flail Tank) to
bed down for the night when my Squadron was attacked by enemy
aircraft. I received shrapnel wounds in my knee
Do you remember what it was like — that is, do you remember whether you
felt any pain or were you so surprised that you felt nothing?
Yes: I felt a searing burn and then a numbness.
I was very surprised.
Do you remember seeing or hearing anything that seems funny now, even though
it may not have seemed amusing at the time? Or anything unexpected or out-
of-place?
I saw on D Day a French man & wife crying
over a dead cow which I presume was a pet of
theirs. They did not seem to notice the dead
soldiers lying around them.
Do you recall any incident, sad or heroic, or simply memorable, that struck
you more than anything else?
My tank was knock out on D Day which meant
that all the crew had to bail out. Myself being
ill through seasickness and slightly dazed through
the explosion, sat on top of the tank for a few moments.
My commander (who was later killed) pulled me off just
as a German machine gun opened up upon me. I missed death by the

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2.
Were any of your friends killed or wounded either during the landing or
during the day? Yes
Do you remember any conversations you had with them before they became
casualties?
I had conversation with some of them but cannot
remember what the conversation was about
Were you wounded? I was wounded on D plus 5
How were you wounded? I had just come from the front line.
and had dismounted from the tank (A Flail Tank) to
bed down for the night when my squadron was attacked by enemy
aircraft. I received shrapnel wounds in my knee
Do you remember what it was like — that is, do you remember whether you
felt any pain or were you so surprised that you felt nothing?
Yes: I felt a searing burn and then a numbness.
I was very surprised.
Do you remember seeing or hearing anything that seems funny now, even though
it may not have seemed amusing at the time? Or anything unexpected or out-of-place?
I saw on D Day a French man & wife crying
over a dead cow which I presume was a pet of
theirs. They did not seem to notice the dead
soldiers lying around them.
Do you recall any incident, sad or heroic, or simply memorable, that struck
you more than anything else?
My tank was knock out on D Day which meant
that all the crew had to bail out. Myself being
ill through seasickness and slightly dazed through
the explosion, sat on top of the tank for a few moments.
My commander (who was later killed) pulled me off just