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June the 6th 1944 (D-Day) was without a doubt one of the most significant dates in modern history. It marks the date on which almost 160,000 Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches to start the liberation of Western-Europe. This assault was preceded by 24,000 troops who parachuted in or came by glider. The most important aircraft to support the airborne assault was formed by over 800+ Douglas military C-47 aka ′Skytrains′. These winged work horses carried the brunt of all men into battle across the English Channel and may well be called the "Unsung Heroes". This last June 2019 the D-Day Invasion celebrated its 75th commemoration. It will most probably be the very final large commemoration of this historic day.

From 2nd until the 9th June 2019 the Daks over Normandy celebrated the ′75th D-Day commemoration 1944 - 2019′, which took take place in two locations, From 2 to 5 June, it began at IWM Duxford Airfield, close to Cambridge, and from 5 to 9 June it concluded at Caen Carpiquet Airport, in Normandy France. Both these locations where carefully chosen by the event organizers for their location, logistics and their wartime heritage. 

Daks over Normandy (DON) was a once in a lifetime event. Not since World War II has there been so many DC-3 Dakota’s & C-47 Skytrain’s assembled at one location. During both events, most aircraft where on display and where demonstrated in flight. And just like on 5 June 1944, most of these aircraft flew in formation across the English Channel for an airborne parachute drop over the original 1944 drop zones.

Cross Channel Flight from England to Normandy


At approximately 15.00pm on Wednesday 5 June, more than 20+ Douglas DC-3 and C-47s took off from Imperial War Museum Duxford. Escorted by a number of World War II fighters, they set course for Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy. The planned route took the C47 armada via Colchester, Southend-on-Sea, Maidstone and Eastbourne before heading out over The Channel. 

They passed Le Havre and then went onwards to the historic UK Drop Zone at Ranville, where the skies will be filled with paratroopers jumping round military parachutes, as they descend in honor of the troops who did the same 75 years ago. The fleet then flew onwards to Caen-Carpiquet Airport around 18.00pm (FR time)

Info credits: Scramble Magazine, Aeroplane Monthly, Daks over Normandy, D-Day Squadron, Confederate Air Force, with thanks to Dietmar Schreiber, Graham Robson, Andy Aitchison and Rich Cooper and From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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