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Veterans of D-Day invasion of France (and a French spy who landed them) look back on the 70-year anniversary in Los Angeles

D-Day B-24 airmen Elmo Maiden, Bill Baird, and Wilbur Richardson (l-r)
The Heritage League of the Second Air Division (USAF) and Jane and Bert Boeckmann of Galpin Ford  enabled D-Day and WWII Veterans, friends and  families to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day at the 94th Aero Squadron in Van Nuys, California on  Friday, June 6, 2014. 

Bill A. Jones served as the Master of Ceremonies.  Special guest speakers included Marthe Cohn, the WWII French Nurse who Spied against the Nazis (who authored "Behind Enemy Lines"); Hon. Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, and Hon. Sabrina Yoong, Consul for the Consulate General of Canada.  

Interviewed here: USAF B-24 Pilot Lt. Col. Elmo Maiden, Staff Sgt. Gunner Wilbur Richardson; Capt. Bill Baird, a B-24 Pilot in the 13th Air Force who flew in the Pacific.   



Also interviewed in this plalist (advance with buttons on left), Mrs. Marte Cohn, a German-speaking French nurse who divulged Nazi secrets to Allied planners to enhance the effectiveness of the D-Day invasion of France. She documented her story in the book, "Behind Enemy Lines."


Engine-failure forced B-24 Pilot Lt. Col. Elmo Maiden and crew down in Europe

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