70 years on, RAF Tornado jets ‘recce’ D-Day beaches

SWORD beach – 6 Jun 1944. This image is taken from a Royal Air Force Mustang aircraft of II (Army Cooperation) Squadron.

II Sqn is equipped today with the Tornado GR4. A single aircraft carrying the RAPTOR imaging pod or the Litening III targeting pod can now in a single mission collect imagery that would have taken many flights in 1944. The aircraft can also send live imagery to ground forces or for further analysis by the specialist intelligence personnel of the Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing at RAF Marham.

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