Coastal Forces (Channel) plotting room with King George VI in the background. The
English southern coastline, including the IOW, is displayed on the right of the table. The Wren on the far right of the base of the plot table is
Leading Wren Christian Gordon.
was rumoured for a long time that this photograph was in some way
'faked'. Here is the story behind it:
king's visit was some 3 months after D-Day. The plotting room had
been asked recreate the surface activity in the channel during the
initial phase of the invasion for the visit, and
the view in the photograph shows the surface activity at
about 12.00 noon on D-Day.
Whilst all the Wrens sitting on the right appear to have head phones connected there were only 2 or 3 sockets
as the plot table was staffed by a fraction of the number of the people shown.
thanks to Henry Gibson and Elsie Horton