Captain Richard Todd was about to jump from a Stirling bomber when German tracer fire lit up the night sky over Normandy.
The budding actor – destined to become a household name playing fearless war heroes – was all set to perform the greatest role of his life . . . for REAL.
As the first paratrooper to leap into Nazi-occupied France on D-Day his mission was – along with his battalion – to secure and hold the key stronghold of Pegasus Bridge, near Caen.