D-Day reference not strictly correct

YOUR story on the couple featured in the Observer (September 15, p11) states that D-Day was planned at Bishop Otter College.

This is not strictly true since the main land attack for the allied ground forces was operated from Southwark House near Portsmouth (now HMS Dryad and used for combined military training).

Bishop Otter’s responsibility was for the Allied Air Forces, with the planning and plotting being carried out in a classroom later to be the college’s science laboratory.

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The air assault on occupied Europe witnessed not only the bombing of strategic targets but the glider force that were to land on D-Day itself, not to mention the fighter and fighter bomber assault.

Messing facilities for those RAF personnel at Bishop Otter was done at St James School (now Portfield Primary School); a plaque in the school hall confirms its use.

On the outside wall on Bishop Otter there is another plaque outlining the RAF’s role there during WW11.

Ken Rimell,

The Green, Pagham