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On the 7June 1944 297 Squadron took part in Operation Cooney by providing 2 of the 9 aircraft of 38 Group that were used to deploy elements of the 4th French Parachute Battalion These men were to disrupt enemy communications between West Britanny and the remainder of France, and in all 58 Free French soldiers were dropped on no fewer than 18 undefended drop zones between St. Malo and Vannes. Breaking into eighteen three-man or five-man French SAS teams (4 SAS) The teams scattered throughout Brittany destroying railroad targets. As a sign they had passed through they tied railroad ties around trees.

Some raiders then joined the base established by the Dingson team in Saint-Marcel, Morbihan. Part of Overlord.

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