The memorial to the Combined Operations Pilotage and Reconnaissance Parties at Hayling Island in Hampshire
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Hayling Island memorial for WWII heroes

A covert group which charted potential invasion sites ahead of the D-Day landings in Normandy during World War II have been honoured with a memorial where they trained at Hayling Island, Hampshire.

The Combined Operations Pilotage and Reconnaissance Parties was a group of 200 volunteers assembled in 1943 by Lord Mountbatten.

The Royal Navy unit trained as frogmen and canoeists and used small submarines to check Normandy's beaches ahead of the D-Day landings.