Photographs taken by an RAF photographer, F/O. N.S. Clark (?) on the 5th June 1944 at Keevil airfield. CH13298: Operation TONGA. Short Stirling Mark IVs of Nos. 196 and 299 Squadrons RAF, lining the runway at Keevil, Wiltshire, on the evening of 5 June, before emplaning paratroops of the 5th Parachute Brigade Group for the invasion of Normandy. CH13299: An R.A.F. sergeant helps one of the paratroopers to make last minute adjustments. CH13300: A six-pounder anti-tank gun being hauled into a Horsa glider at Keevil- 5th June 1944 CH13301: Lieutenant P. Essex-Lopresti surgeon of Ladbroke Grove, London, Flying Officer G.E. Goucher of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, and Rev. W. Briscoe of County Cork, Eire, just before departure on the airborne operation. CH13302: R.A.F. men, paratroopers, and Parachutist Field Ambulance personnel have a last minute cigarette before the take-off. CH13303: Paratroopers board their aircraft/ Keevil Paratroopers board their aircraft. It is said that those entering the Stirling is (left to right) Sgt C.F. Le Quelenec, Pte Muir, Pte Cusson, L/Cpl Ridgeway, Pte Fraser, Pte Cook. 12th Parachute Battalion CH13304: Camouflaged with blackened faces, paratroopers take up their positions in their aircraft. The Stirling featured in the photographs is ‘N’ 299 Squadron piloted by Wing Commander Davis with his crew F/Lt. Lovegrove, F/Lt. F. Mason, F/Lt. J.N. Francis, F/Lt. G.E. Ellis & Sgt. Auld. 12th Parachute Battalion, 13th Parachute Battalion Machine Gun Platoon, 6th Airborne Division HQ, 225th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC, RASC & REME, plus one stick of 22nd (Independent) Parachute Company took off from Keevil airfield.