Normandy map help.

Discussion in 'General' started by Garcod10, May 16, 2018.

  1. Garcod10

    Garcod10 Member

    Hello please could any one help me find the original place my great uncle was first buried. S/Sjt William Richard Howe was a glider pilot who died on the morning of d day as I’m going over to Normandy in June I would be very interested to know where he was first buried before he was re buried in Ranville. His document states the place of grave was Dives Sur Mer 1/50,000 France Sh 7E/6 MR 234802. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. adbw

    adbw Member

    Hi Garcod10
    If you look at this map:
    The D-Day Story, Portsmouth
    and then plot the map ref you've got, it should, if I'm not mistaken, equate roughly to these coordinates on Google Maps:
    49°17'41.2"N 0°05'24.3"W
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  3. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    This square screenshot.2018-05-16gggggg.jpg

    Last edited: May 16, 2018
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  4. Garcod10

    Garcod10 Member

    Thank you for the information I’ve been to Cabourg but I now know where is the right spot. Thanks again
  5. Garcod10

    Garcod10 Member

    That second photo was that taken around D Day as his glider landed just off the beach.
  6. Kevin Shannon

    Kevin Shannon Junior Member

    I can tell you fairly accurately where he was killed. On the map that M Kenny posted, the glider was about where the letter 'a' in 'Bains' is. (My father was Taff Howe's co-pilot and pointed the spot out to me when we visited Cabourg shorty before his death-he said the glider was about 50 yards off the shore.)
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  7. Garcod10

    Garcod10 Member

    Thanks Kevin it's Gareth Billy's great nephew you helped me out to find where his glider crashed. I looked at his C.W.G.C page and there's a graves concentration report on there which has his previous location of burial which was what I was looking for. It looks like his body was found on the 9/06/44 around the river mouth and he was originally buried as a unknown solider. I'm off over there in June so will place a cross for him around that spot. Thanks again. By the way I Lent my new copy of operation Tonga to a guy in work a few months back who finished whilst I was on holiday so I'll be buying a another copy more royalties for you..

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