Operation Rob Roy

This was a British series of four air operations (‘Rob Roy I’, ‘Rob Roy II’, ‘Rob Roy III’ and ‘Rob Roy IV’) for the daily ferrying of supplies and equipment to Major General R. N. Gale’s 6th Airborne Division in the days after its 'Tonga' airborne component of the ‘Overlord’ landings in Normandy (6/9 June 1944).

A force of some 50 Douglas Dakota medium transport aircraft of the RAF’s No. 46 Group was used, these lifting off from the airfields at Blakehill Farm, Broadwell and Down Ampney. Five of the aircraft were lost to ‘friendly fire’, two certainly over land and three probably over the sea, with 22 of the 28 men on board killed.