The little town of Ste-Mère-Eglise in Normandy is close to Utah Beach, where American forces landed on 6th June, 1944 during the invasion of Normandy in World War 11. Airborne troops were used to secure inland positions and amongst the 13,000 men, Paratrooper John Steele dropped from the sky near the Ste-Mère-Eglise and gained lasting fame when he actually landed on the church. Steele’s parachute got caught on the parapet of the church tower and he hung there helplessly feigning death before he was eventually taken prisoner. A dummy paratrooper still hangs from the church tower to this day.
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Photo taken in Sainte-Mère-Église, France
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