D-Day 80th Unsung Heroes: James Stagg
The often-untold story of the Meteorological heroes of World War 2 is our focus for the new Weather stamp release. James Stagg captained the Meteorological effort to predict ideal conditions for D-Day. It was his final predictions that moved the landing date as he communicated directly with General Eisenhower. Without his work, the Allies may have ultimately lost many more due to poor weather conditions in the channel and more widely for the entire war effort. Cover features an original Met Office weather map from June 5th 1944, and a photograph of James Stagg alongside the full set of Weather stamps as part of 170th anniversary of the Met Office. Plane shown, nods to the 518 Squadron who were part of the RAF meteorological corps that gathered important weather data over the Atlantic. Dalkeith, postmark, James Stagg’s hometown.
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