Royal Observer Corps Association pays tribute to 796 Seaborne Observers

On the 80th Anniversary of the Royal Observer Corps’ contribution to Operation Overlord, the Royal Observer Corps Association paid tribute to the 796 Seaborne Observers from all the home nations, sailed with the allied invasion forces during D-Day.

The Seaborne Observers were trained in aircraft recognition skills at RAF Bournemouth before being deployed to vessels where they wore the Royal Observer Corps uniform with the SEABORNE shoulder flash and a Royal Navy brassard with the letters RN, holding the rank of Petty Officer.

Their role as Air Identifiers was crucial in identifying and reporting enemy aircraft activity to protect the allied invasion forces. These brave individuals played a vital role in ensuring the safety of everyone who sailed in the largest armada in history. Their vigilance and sacrifice helped save countless lives and contributed to the success of the liberation of Europe from tyranny. For all those who perished that day, liberating Europe from tyranny,

We Will Remember Them.

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