1st stop: Portland. I almost forgot about this view flying in and just happened to wake up from my nap to this. It's been awhile since I've been here, but my family did live here for a few years when I was little.
The loadsheet is the final documents that you give to the pilots.
It describes how the aircraft is loaded, how many passengers you have on-board; where are the dangerous goods. It as to be 100% reflective of the plane's loading. Any change needs to be written on.
This is a photo of British Pathfinders from the 6th Airborne Division synchronizing their watches just prior to their takeoff during the invasion of Normandy (colorized by Royston Leonard, also future video on Airborne Pathfinders). The 6th Airborne Division took off on the night of June 5th as well as the American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. However, the 6th would land much farther East near the British designated Sword Beach. The 6th Airborne flew in the dark of night,
once over Normandy they took heavy anti- aircraft fire. However, unlike the American paratrooper the Brits landed more on target. Companies and battalions of the 6th assembled the best they could and carried out their objectives near the strategic Orne and Dives Rivers. Famously, Lt. Col T. B. H. Otway and his 9th Battalion assaulted the heavily defended Merville Battery which threatened the British 3rd Infantry Division at Sword Beach. In the night Lt. Col Otway assembled 150 men out of the nearly 350+ he needed to assault the 200 German defenders. With the clock ticking Otway attacked. In a brilliant feat of arms the British annihilated the Germans. However, Otway's force lost half of it's 150 men. Unfortunately the Merville Battery was made up of old French 75mm guns which posed little threat instead of the German 150mm guns they thought were in Merville. In the end the British 6th Airborne Division completed of it's D-day objectives with utmost speed and effectiveness.
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