Cover photo - Major Ian G. Neilson after investiture January 1945A Royal Artillery officer, Ian Neilson was one of the earliest Air Observation Post (AOP) pilots.  He was the flight commander of No. 652 (AOP) Squadron and he waded ashore on Sword Beach during the afternoon of D-Day to establish a landing ground for his Auster aircraft.  He subsequently few 55 operations during the Normandy campaign and was awarded the DFC.  Post-war he formed No. 666 (Scottish) AOP Squadron.

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