'We got fairly close in before the Germans realised what was happening'

Charles Horne was on-board one of the first allied vessels to head towards Normandy on the morning of D-Day.

The 18-year-old trawlerman, from Port Seton in East Lothian, was working on the MMS Motor Minesweeper 291.

British minesweepers were sent ahead of American troops so they could land on Omaha Beach- one of the five beaches chosen for the Normandy landings.

He went on clearing mines for two years after Victory over Japan Day - or VJ Day.

After the war, Mr Horne returned to his job as a fisherman.

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