Operation Aphrodite

Operation Aphrodite
4 August 1944

Experimental mission which aimed to destroy the production and launch equipment of the V-1 using B-17 bombers which were very damaged. These flying fortresses, once elements non-essential to the flight have been relieved, were responsible for about 8 tonnes of explosives. The aircraft were equipped with a summary guidance control controlled by an accompanying aircraft named CQ-17.
After several missions which mostly ended in failure due to mechanical or visibility problems or even imperfections in the guidance system, the program was abandoned.

B-17 radio controlled

Lest we forget

They are not in Saint-James, Colleville-sur-Mer, bayeux, or Bény-sur-Mer but in Courances.

They are not thousands, but just six *.

But they also died for our freedom a 8 June 1944.

We don't forget them !

lest we forget

This bombardier Halifax MZ568 EY-E squadron 78 of the Royal Air Force which had taken off from Breighton at 10.52 p.m. 7 June 1944 for a night raid on the railway installations of south-west Paris crashed at 1:15 a.m., the 8 June, at Corbeil.

On board :

F/O Royal Canadian Air Force John Arthur Cole (Pilot)

F/O Royal Canadian Air Force Leonard Gold* (Navigator, buried in Corbeil-Essonnes)

George Norman Sgt Cribbin(Bombardier)

F/L Thomas Neish Watters Bisset (Radio)

Sgt Dennis Balmforth (Mechanic)

Sgt Terence Newman (Machine gunner)

Sgt Harry Tattler (Machine gunner)


They are not at Saint-James, Colleville-sur-Mer, bayeux, or Bény-sur-Mer but to Courances.

There are not thousands, but just six *.

But they also died for our freedom on June 8, 1944.

Lest we forget !

The Royal Air Force’s Halifax bomber MZ568 EY-E Squadron 78 took off from Breighton at 22:52 p.m. June 7, 1944 for a night raid on railway facilities southwest of Paris and crashed at 01:15 a.m. June 8 in Corbeil.

On board:

A / S Royal Canadian Air Force John Arthur Cole (pilot)

F / O Royal Gold Air Force Leonard Gold * (Navigator, buried in Corbeil-Essonnes)

Sergeant George Norman Cribbin (Bombardier)

F / L Thomas Neish Watters Bisset (radio)

Sgt Dennis Balmforth (mechanic)

Sgt Terence Newman (machine gunner)

Sgt Harry Tattler (machine gunner)


“Normandy, this Normandy that we always want to see again as the song says, after all, it's a little home, all the more so with us today since some of our guys are sleeping there their last sleep under this rich soil that their ancestors left to go and found New France.”

Marcel Ouimet, war correspondent for Radio-Canada, landed on 6 June 1944

They landed !

“Under the command of General Eisenhower, the allied naval forces, supported by powerful air forces, began this morning to land the Allied armies on the north coast of France”

Colonel Ernest Dupuy. General Dwight D's press officer. Eisenhower. 6 June 1944 9h33.

27 May 1943

Today 27 May, National Resistance Day.
It corresponds to the date of the first meeting of the National Council of the Resistance, chaired by Jean Moulin on 27 May 1943 in Paris.
Never forget !

The 9 May 1945

The capitulation of the & rsquo; German army was signed in France in Reims, exactly the 7 May 1945 at 2:41 am. This act recognizes the surrender unconditional surrender the German Reich and fixed the cessation of hostilities for 8 never to 23h01.

But Stalin angry does not recognize this capitulation, his enemy is German, the exigera que l & rsquo; acte summit therefore signé dans la capitale du Reich, ie Berlin and the Soviet-occupied zone.

A new signing of the act of surrender has taken place in Berlin on the evening of 8 May 1945, at 23 h 01 (hour & rsquo; Central Europe) precisely , which gives us the 9 May at 00 h 01, Moscow time, Given the jet lag.

The surrender of German troops has taken place the 9 May for Russians.

Creative Current : Repainting a benzin kanister ABP

Confinement is an opportunity to work on small jobs that have been forgotten for too long. “I will do that when I have time”.

Now is the time to take care of this jerry can, of 1940 made by ABP (Ambi-Budd Presswerke) for the Wehrmacht, that I had recovered when buying the Jeep Willys in August 2018.
Unfortunately this “Gasoline canister” was recently repainted in khaki, its original side is therefore lost but its authenticity remains proven. He is also too tired to serve as a can, so it will end up in decoration with a new Wehrmacht grau blau paint !

Indeed, pickling the khaki green layer, we find the previous layers of paint. And yes this little container must have seen all colors ! So we find the original layer of red rustproofing, then the layer of blue gray and over a layer beige sand color or maybe Wehrmacht khaki tropen… This layer of beige was probably made in the workshop because of its quality of realization.

Let's talk about the interior. The sides are in perfect condition with the red anti-rust layer present. For the bottom it is another story…

Indeed a layer of sediment covers it, at least on 2 centimeters thick (the little pieces that look like “nuggets” on one of the photos…) and the metal is also perforated in several places. There is also a little Sintofer…

After a few hours of work, the result is pretty good.
Gasoline canister ABP 1940