Watching the D-Day commemorations on TV at their Majorcan home yesterday were June and David Windeatt, whose fathers played key roles in D-Day and the Normandy landings.
Palma.—David’s father, who was known as Jack Windeatt, was a paratrooper in the 6th Airborne Division and was one of the first to have been dropped into occupied France in the early hours of 6 June just hours before D-Day got underway at first light.
While Sergeant Jack was taking part in one of the most daring operations of the Second World War, June’s father, Petty Officer Fred Bussell was in the main control centre in Whitehall alongside the likes of Lord Mountbatten, King George and senior military figures, manning the radio, he was a ‘Sparks’, and had been involved in helping to coordinate D-Day.
Both David and June, who have lived near San Telmo for the past ten years, said yesterday they are extremely proud of their fathers.
David explained that Jack, and hundreds of his other fellow ‘Red Devils’, as they were known, was involved the night parachute drop on the eve of D-Day and that he spent the next three months bogged down in fierce fighting around Caen.