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D-Day to remember for Dunmurry veteran

Henry Francis pictured at Belfast Airport before flying to France to relive wartime memories.A DUNMURRY veteran of the Normandy landings during the Second World War has been back to France to relive old memories.

Henry Francis, who is 90 and-lives at Locksley Park, went on a five-day visit organised by tour operator Fields of Conflict. The tour was part of the international commemoration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 1944.

The Normandy landings started on D-Day and were an enormous operation that was the beginning of the end of the war" involving thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen.

During the war, Mr Francis was a corporal in the Royal Army Service Corps. He and ten other veterans on the Fields of Conflict tour visited several landmark locations, including the Royal Ulster Rifles Memorial; the Bayeaux War Cemetery, the largest British military cemetery of the Second World War in France; the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach featured in the film 'Saving Private Ryan'; and the German cemetery at La Cambe, where the bodies of 21,500 German soldiers are buried.

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