The year was 1944. The day, June 6. Disley’s Harold Checketts was praying his forecasts were accurate and conditions were right for the 156,000 Allied troops on their way to invade German-occupied France.
He had spent three months preparing for D-Day, when British, American and Canadian armed forces, including his younger brother Stanley, stormed five beachheads on the Normandy coast.
Harold, then 24, played an integral part in setting the date of the landings as a naval meteorologist, which many believe led to the Allies winning the Second World War.