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Many other countries that stood with the anti-Hitler coalition provided military support for the Allied landing in Normandy. Czechoslovaks also saw to it that one of the most complicated military operations to have ever taken place in Europe was a success. It was shortly after 8 a.m. when the first formation of Spitfire fighter aircraft from No. 134 (Czech) Airfield took off from the RAF air base in Appledram. Their task was to protect invading troops in the joint British-Canadian sector, approximately in the area marked off by the beach and the towns of Bayeux and Caen. The men whose journey into the cockpit of a fighter aircraft often started as early as the summer of 1939, used their aircraft to cover the infantrymen from the Luftwaffe and at the command of the Forward Air Controller, attacked the designated targets. Ret. Colonel Josef Prokopec, a graduate of the 1,000 New Czechoslovak Pilots program that took place at the West Bohemian Air Club in Pilsen in 1936-37 was also one of the Czechoslovaks to participate in the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944. 

By the time June 6, 1944 ended, the US-British-Canadian troops held a narrow strip of French land which became the seed for building the ever so necessary bridgehead. This undeniable success, however, was bought for the ultimate price. The Americans alone counted 2,000 dead, wounded and missing that day. These casualties also included men from the 1st Infantry Division, units that reached all the way to Czechoslovakia 11 months after the launch of the invasion.