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One of the most secret operations in military history. A top secret clearance wasn't good enough without a "Bigot" classification. 20 soldiers with the program worked on the 5th floor of Selfridges Department Store in London. Many more worked in other clandestine areas.
Prior to D-day on April 27, 1944, "OPERATION TIGER," an evening practice beach landing, was conducted on the coast of Devon county in southwest England by the U.S. 4th Division which was scheduled to land at UTAH BEACH. SLAPTON SANDS Beach closely resembled the area which they would land in Normandy. German intelligence picked up allied radio traffic, and nine German E-Boats sailed from their base in Cherbourg and created a large-scale disaster. Lst 507 and Lst 531 would be sunk; Lst 289 was badly damaged, but would make port. 746 men were killed -- more then four times the losses suffered at Utah on D-DAY.
General Eisenhower wanted all bodies recovered, especially those 10 that had been issued a "BIGOT" clearance. All were recovered, and the mission was still secure.
The highest casualties would be along the 5-mile stretch
of beach known as "Omaha". Units landing there would be the US 1st and
29th Divisions with 2nd and 5th Rangers attached. Casualties were expected
to be in excess of 2,000. My three uncles were in the 29th. Tech 3. HARRY
F.GREEN worked with the L-4 artillery observation "Piper Cubs". His mission
on D-day was to setup a runway strip above the beach. He had the "BIGOT"
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