Major John Francis Lyne

6th Airborne Division - Glider Pilot Regiment - No.1 Wing - D Squadron
Sword Beach


On the night June 5th/6th the Glider flown by Major Lyne was hit by anti-aircraft fire and a crash landing east of the River Dives was unavoidable. This officer received many abrasions and a broken bone in his right foot. In spite of his injuries he led his party of 7 men through enemy held territory to our own lines, a distance of nearly 50 miles. Through his courage and tenacity the party was brought safely back having accounted for at least 16 Germans killed or wounded.
(Source: Military Medal)