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Window on history - the invasion fleet off the Normandy coast.<br />
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A collection of aerial photographs of the D-Day landings.<br />
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Incredible never-seen-before aerial photographs of the D-Day landings revealing the sheer scale of the historic mission have come to light for the first time in 71 years.<br />
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The grainy black and white images were taken from one of just three spy planes sent up to document the mass invasion of Normandy's beaches on June 6, 1944.<br />
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The top secret shots were then taken back to Allied commanders in Britain so they could see how the mission, codenamed Overlord, was unfolding.<br />
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A set of more than 120 unseen prints taken by Victor B. Gras, a US photographer with the 13th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, have come to light after they were listed for auction.<br />
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The poignant photographs, which have never been seen outside of the military before, are thought to be of the British/Canadian beaches of Gold and Juno.<br />
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They were discovered in a file compiled by Gras as a memento of his experiences during the war.