As the world remembers D-Day on its 75th anniversary, Andrew Lewis remembers a family member who fought there and his sad, unforgivable fate.
It was the Day of Days.
On the eve of the invasion, the chief commander drafted a letter in the event of defeat. “The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do,” he wrote. “If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone."
Before dawn, 13,000 boys fell out of the sky, plummeting into the hedgerows and fields of western France. My step-mother’s father was one of them. Don Bowman was a radio man in C Company, 501st Regiment, 101st Airborne. Each by each, the boys flew off the stick and tumbled into the air filled with artillery fire. One out of every five died that day. Bowman did not.
There was the Day of Days.