George Kerchner, a junior officer who led his Army Ranger company up the Pointe du Hoc cliffs during the Normandy invasion and who managed to silence German big guns that threatened the success of the D-Day landings, died Feb. 17 at his home in Midlothian, Va. He was 93.

A WW2 Catalina flying boat which took part in the Fermanagh Seaplane Festival a month ago remains stranded at the former wartime airbase on Lough Erne.It was damaged after drifting onto a moored yacht and there has been a delay in getting the plane repaired. The incident during the event is being examined by Air Accident Investigators and their report will be made public when it is completed.