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Major Howard bust
Major John Howard (West End, December 8, 1912 - May 5, 1999) was a British army officer and one of the first soldiers to set foot on the continent on June 6, 1944 during the Normandy landings. He was the commander of a unit that arrived by glider and was to capture the two bridges near Bénouville in Normandy, the one over the Caen canal to the sea took the name Pegasus Bridge after the war in reference to the badge worn by British paratroopers.
John Howard was born on December 8, 1912 in London's West End. At 19 he joined the army, leaving only in 1946 after a car accident (serious leg and hip injuries).
He then worked for the British Ministry of Agriculture before retiring in the 1970s. He died on May 5, 1999, in a hospital in Surrey, England.
Every year on June 6, he would return to the bridge to lay a memorial wreath at the spot where his glider had landed.
In the film "The Longest Day", Major Howard is played by British actor Richard Todd, who was himself a paratrooper in one of the units that took the Pegasus Bridge. (Source Wikipedia)
Beyond this magnificent bust, 3 nearby steles represent the exact position of the 3 Horsa gliders that landed here just 45 meters from the bridge.
Major Howard bust
Major Howard bust.

Major Howard bust

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