8th Parachute Battalion veteran Gerald Clarke has been awarded the Legion of Honour. He retells the story of being in an aircraft that was shot down on D-Day. His aircraft would have been approaching Drop Zone K travelling in a Dakota "he had to trek for three days to get back to safety" there were two Dakotas which conveyed 8th Parachute Battalion that were shot down one piloted by F/O. Jones the other W/O. McCannell. Jones (KG.356) crashed near Bassenville and McCannell (KG.429) crashed Colombelles near the River Orne. McCannell only has 18 men listed in the manifest of Chalk number 243 so is it possible that Clarke and others had jumped out of the aircraft and made it to allied lines? http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/12/27/top-french-honour-for-shropshire-d-day-war-hero/ Clarke was in HQ Company and later served in the Ardennes, Operation Varsity and Palestine.