Dieppe profile of courage: Stirling David Banks
It would have dark when Flight Sergeant Banks left his quarters on the morning of August 19. He knew from the briefing he had received the day before that he would be part of a three-squadron strong attack on the beaches and headlands of the French port of Dieppe. Their Hurricanes, armed with four 20-millimetre cannon, were to provide close support for a “raid in force” by several thousand Allied troops, mostly Canadian, during the initial assault. The launch order had been received at 0329 hours giving the squadron its takeoff time and ordering it to strafe the beach defences just as the Canadian troops were coming ashore. Read the rest of the article . . .