Lieutenant George Anthony Johnson Wade


Unit : No.2 Troop, 3rd Parachute Squadron, RE.

Army No. : 271784

Awards : Military Cross


Since dropping near Ranville at 0050 hours 6th June this officer has shown the most exceptional initiative, courage and leadership. Having reached the bridges at Bures with the main party of the Squadron he was sent on a reconnaissance and found a Jeep and trailer loaded with the special charges for the Troarn bridge. He at once attempted to reach the bridge with a small party but was unable to get through Troarn owing to the enemy. Later in the day Lieutenant Wade was able to reach the bridge on foot alone and found one span destroyed. On the results of this reconnaissance a party was organised under Captain Juckes including a platoon of 8th Parachute Battalion. Lieutenant Wade was able to reach the bridge with his Jeep and trailer covered by this party and successfully demolished a second span and destroyed two boats on the site. On completion of initial RE tasks, the whole Squadron was in defensive positions in Le Mesnil area.


On the night 9th/10th June Lieutenant Wade led his section on a raid on Bavent covered by one section 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. The town was penetrated and booby traps laid and considerable opposition was encountered and the party was split up in hand to hand fighting with grenades. The Germans were left in complete confusion and many casualties were inflicted, all the RE section returned unhurt.


On 10th June Lieutenant Wade's section were in defensive position at road junction 134726. Some Germans penetrated to a house and attacked the position with grenades. Lieutenant Wade was blown over but immediately set about clearing the enemy from the position. The enemy escaped but left an MG 42 and ammunition behind.


On 13th June Lieutenant Wade's section was moved up with another section with a weak Company of 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion to reinforce a difficult position in the area Chateau St Come 138740. Some of the hardest fighting in the area ensued including attacks by Mk IV tanks. Lieutenant Wade led his section with great courage and coolness during a very difficult time.


This officer has been an outstanding example to all throughout the operation.


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