In the weeks before D-Day, Bomber Command undertook crucial bombing of transport networks across occupied Europe to prepare for the invasion.
During the night of 5/6 June, 1,211 aircraft attacked coastal batteries, radar stations and supply dumps, and flew diversionary operations.
There were no major operations to Germany in the weeks that followed the landings. Instead, Bomber Command flew day and night-time operations in support of the invasion. Some crews flew two operations in 24 hours. Operations were so intense they could complete a tour in less than six months.
Bombing was tactical and often in close support of the troops on the ground. Using a Master Bomber became standard in an attempt to limit the inevitable civilian casualties. 4,788 men and women were killed serving with Bomber Command during the Normandy Campaign; the IBCC memorial names them all.