Philip Brentnall led a small force of Stirling bombers on the eve of D-Day. Their task was to fly a complicated pattern whilst dispersing ‘window’ to give the impression that a fleet of ships was sailing towards the Pas de Calais whilst the real invasion force was approaching Normandy. The ‘ghost fleet’ was successful and Brentnall received the DFC. Post war he had a long career with BOAC and then British Airways where he developed innovative ideas for pilot training eventually rising to be BA’s Fleet Training Manger.
In the photograph of his crew, Brentnall is in the cockpit of their Lancaster
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