Commencement of Operation Neptune – Five fleets of assault ships cast off and depart their English port bases.
“We slipped anchor and headed into the Channel to overtake the grey columns of troops transports and landing craft, which now stretched to the horizon and beyond. They filled the scene as far as the eye could see. Overhead, the sky was filled with an aerial armada of bombers.”
John Gough, radio operator on board a destroyer.