June 9. Tyrell MC air ace of WW1. DCM for NI para post D Day. Roll of Honour

Michael John McGee, from Mill Street, Aughnacloy, served with 7th Parachute Battalion and jumped behind the German lines in 1944. His actions on D Day +3 saw him being awarded the DCM, however, he was killed before the end of that day. In 1918 Alexander Tyrell MC, a 19-year-old WW1 air ace from Belfast died. He was Ireland’s fourth-ranked air ace, with 17 victories, and had been awarded the Military Cross, “For conspicuous gallantry”. In WW2 Belfast Gunners John Jameson and William Rea died defending the drawback to Dunkirk; A majority of the names on the Roll for 1944 died serving with the RUR on D Day +3. The series on NI D Day participants features William ‘Billy’ Cooke who completed eight channel crossings to the D Day beaches.

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