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2A Old Orchard Road,
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At the end of the war it was revealed that Eastbourne had received more attacks than any other town in the south east, between 1940 - 1944, there were 98 raids, 671 high explosive bombs and 3,625 incendiaries. Civilian casualties numbered 1,100, 174 fatal, 443 badly injured and 489 slightly hurt. 475 houses were destroyed, 1,000 seriously damaged and 10,000 slightly damaged.
The journey from the South Downs to France, Germany and Holland. D - Day to VE Day Kindly provided by R.B.Fuller with this statement
Around the corner near to where I live is a newspaper shop. There used to be a gentleman in there named George and some years ago when I was in the shop we were chatting about the war and items relating to the war, as George knew of my interest in the subject. George said to me” I’ve got a lot of old photographs of the D-Day Landings which belonged to my brother, who was a Spitfire pilot in the war. He has now passed on and he left the photographs to me, and I wondered if you would like to have them as I am an old man now and I have no use for them...” At the time of the D-Day Landings my brother was instructed to fly over France and into Germany as far as he could to search for suitable sites which could be converted into airfields for our purposes, as the push to Berlin continued by the land forces. It was at this time that the photographs were taken. Therefore, as George gave me the ‘photo’s, and he is now deceased also, I thought maybe others might like to see them. They are a first hand record of the D-Day Landings commencing at Gosport which was the embarkation port, onwards into Germany