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Extensive planning has begun for the trip to England. We will be joining up with sixteen other aircraft before beginning the multi-leg trip overseas.
The American airborne landings in Normandy were the first American combat operations during Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy by the Western Allies on June 6, 1944, during World War II. Around 13,100 American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions made night parachute drops early on D-Day, June 6, followed by 3,937 glider troops flown in by day. As the opening maneuver of Operation Neptune (the assault operation for Overlord) the two American airborne divisions were delivered to the continent in two parachute and six glider missions.
Both divisions were part of the U.S. VII Corps and provided it support in its mission of capturing Cherbourg as soon as possible to provide the Allies with a port of supply. The specific missions of the two airborne divisions were to block approaches into the vicinity of the amphibious landing at Utah Beach, to capture causeway exits off the beaches, and to establish crossings over the Douve River at Carentan to assist the U.S. V Corps in merging the two American beachheads.
The DFW Wing has the unique opportunity and honor to participate in the 2019 commemorative event known as Daks Over Normandy. Approximately 30 "Daks," otherwise known as C-47's or DC-3's, will follow in the footsteps of the Greatest Generation and fly across the English Channel to drop more than 250 paratroopers into Normandy. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and pay a final, lasting tribute to all those who served their country in its time of greatest need. Click the link below to find out more about this incredible event!
Courtesy of DdaySquadron.org - The Squadron will depart from Oxford, Connecticut (KOXC); stop to refuel in Goose Bay Airport (CYYR) in Newfoundland, Canada; refuel at Narsarsuaq Airport (BGBW) in southern Greenland; refuel at Reykjavik Airport (BIRK) in Iceland; and refuel a final time at Prestwick Airport (EPIK) on the Western coast of Scotland.
The fleet will then make the next leg of this epic trip with a jaunt to Duxford Airfield (EGSU) north of London where they will position themselves with the entire international C-47 fleet for the final leg to Caen-Carpiquet Airport (LFRK) in Normandy, France as part of the Daks Over Normandy event on June 6, 2019.