D-Day vet, 93, has people in tears as he insists ‘I’m no hero’ and ‘don’t thank me’ in moving account of Normandy landings

A HUMBLE D-Day vet has left viewers in tears as he insisted “I’m no hero” in a moving account of the Normandy landings.

Harry Billinge, 93, was just 18-years-old when he landed on Gold Beach as part of the first wave of troops to land 75 years ago.

Harry Billinge was just a teenager when he landed on Gold Beach during the D-Day landings
Harry Billinge was just a teenager when he landed on Gold Beach during the D-Day landings
Harry, pictured as an 18-year-old, insisted he would never forget those he served with
Harry, pictured as an 18-year-old, insisted he would never forget those he served with

And in a moving interview with BBC Breakfast, the former Sapper insisted he was simply one of the “lucky ones” to have survived.

He said: “Don’t thank me and don’t say I’m a hero.

“I’m no hero, I was lucky. I’m here.

“All the heroes are dead and I’ll never forget them as long as I live.”

Harry was 18 when he landed with the first wave on Gold Beach at 6.30am on June 6, 1944.

A Sapper with the Royal Engineers, he previously recalled how the water turned red with the blood of soldiers as they reached the beaches.

During the emotional interview, he remembered a mate who had died in his arms during the landing, since having visited his friend’s final resting place in a small French cemetery.

And he said it was through the harrowing experience that Normandy veterans were bonded together.

He said: “My generation saved the world and I’ll never forget any of them.”

All the heroes are dead and I’ll never forget them as long as I live

Harry BillingeD-Day vet

The vet recently became a local celebrity in Cornwall, having raised more than £10,000 for the Normandy Memorial Trust – collecting donations in St Austell.

This week’s trip is his final pilgrimage to Normandy – with viewers left in tears at his story.

One viewer wrote online: “What a gentleman. I sat in tears watching this and felt so much warmth towards him.”

Another added: “Cant take, it I’m a blubbering mess. What a wonderful man”.

A third said: “This man is definitely a hero, it was moving to listen to him. Thank you from all of us.”

Prime Minister Theresa May joined French President Emmanuel Macron in solemn commemorations in Normandy.

May paid tribute to the “ultimate sacrifice” made by the soldiers who stormed the beaches 75 years ago.

Prince William and Prince Harry also both attended services for the anniversary.

Harry gave an emotional interview with the BBC this morning
Harry gave an emotional interview with the BBC this morning
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Harry said the heroes were those killed in battle
Harry said the heroes were those killed in battle
Many people praised the emotional interview for recognising Harry
Many people praised the emotional interview for recognising Harry
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One viewer said they had become a 'blubbering mess' after listening to Harry speak
One viewer said they had become a ‘blubbering mess’ after listening to Harry speak
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Viewers said they were left in tears after the interview
Viewers said they were left in tears after the interview
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Many praised Harry for being a hero
Many praised Harry for being a hero
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