Through the Eyes of the Colonel: After 74 years, D-Day is still etched in my memory

I remember 74 years ago so vividly. I had just turned 20 years old two weeks earlier.
The 5th of June I was returning from a weekend of rest and recuperation after having been in a ”dogfight” over Germany and getting pretty badly shot up. The enemy had suffered more than I, thank God. While we were waiting our turn to land, the engine quit and we made an emergency landing in a plowed field. All went well, but I was ready to go back to the rest camp.
Anyhow . . .