Fury as swastikas are sprayed on commemorative D-Day bench

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Vandals have spray painted swastikas on a commemorative D-Day bench at a site used an airfield for the Normandy invasion.

Police have launched an investigation after a number of areas in Twyford Wood, Lincolnshire, were defaced with the silver and white paint.

The bench, which remembers the servicemen that flew from the airfield for the operation in June 1944, was targeted, as well as a fuel drum and a wall.

Outraged locals have branded the vandalism, which was discovered yesterday, ‘sickening’ and ‘disrespectful.’

Earlier this month veteran American Second World War pilot Lt Col David Hamilton, 96, returned to the wood which was formerly RAF North Witham, 75 years after he flew from there on the eve of D-Day.

His visit was marked by a special flyover of an original WWll Douglas C47 Skytrain. 

One local resident said that the vandals ‘are not worthy of the sacrifice that these brave men gave to enable people of today to have the freedom they have.’

Another said: ‘Evil little swine’s. I think it is time for national service it just might turn them into decent human beings.’

And another added: ‘It’s disrespectful and disgusting.’   

Lt Col David Hamilton is the last surviving Troop Carrier Command pilot from a special operations Pathfinder mission on June 5, 1944.

It was flown from RAF North Witham, now Twyford Wood, near Colsterworth, owned by Forestry England.

The top secret mission saw men from the US Army’s 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions behind enemy lines in Normandy.

They was tasked with securing landing areas and to set up navigational aids to guide in the main airborne invasion force of C47 aircraft carrying paratroopers. 

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses after the vandalism was discovered yesterday. 

In a statement, the force said: ‘Between Sunday 9th June and Monday 10th June, a number of areas within the Twyford Woods site have been defaced with swastikas in silver and white spray paint.

‘This includes a commemorative bench which has been extensively vandalised.

‘We are appealing for witnesses to this vandalism and anyone with any information that can assist with our investigation to contact us.’

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