Daks over Normandy
The 75th Commemoration of D-Day
– An Epic Event in the Making –
It’s the 5th of June 1944. It’s late in the afternoon and Eisenhower’s decision to ‘Go’ is working its way down from top level to over 156.000 young men who, within the next 24 hours will set foot in Nazi occupied Normandy. His “Great Crusade” speech has been read to the millions involved in what very soon is to be one of the most important days in modern human history. All over Southern England tens of thousands of paratroopers, glider troops and aircrew are preparing for the airborne landings into enemy held Normandy. Amongst the over 10.000 Allied aircraft ready for what is about to happen are over 800 twin-engined and unarmed Douglas C-47 Skytrains/Dakotas. Within hours these sturdy winged work horses will carry the brunt of all men into battle across the English Channel. These aircraft can truly be called the “Unsung Heroes”. The day upon them we all know now as D-Day! And on the 6th of June 2019 D-Day will be 75 years ago.
It is early 2018 now and a year and a half ago our team has started the preparations for a 75th D-Day commemoration which has no equal. We are in the process of assembling up to 40 of these “Unsung Heroes” from all over the Globe for the June 2019 “Daks over Normandy” event, to precisely reconstitute what happened in 1944.
This 75th commemoration of D-Day in June 2019 provides our team with a very last opportunity to organize the Daks over Normandy event, to honour those who have paid so much to liberate Europe. Daks over Normandy will be a once in a lifetime event. For the first time in 75 years the skies over the UK and Normandy will witness squadron size formations of Douglas DC-3/C-47 Dakotas and hundreds of Paratroopers. And for the first time in 75 years this many of these magnificent aircraft will be assembled over the battlefields where they saw their finest hour.
From 2 to 9 June 2019 up to 40 DC-3/C-47’s will assemble. At their own expense owners fly them in from all over the World. From Scandinavia, Hungary and the rest of Europe, from Canada and the United States and even from as far away as Australia. A huge effort for what is probably be a very last time. An huge effort to commemorate those who paid such a high price for our freedom. And all this so large crowds can watch paratroopers jump over Normandy one more time and admire these magnificent aircraft on the ground and in the air, where they belong.
The Daks over Normandy event is held at two locations: from 2 to 5 June at Duxford Airfield, UK and from 5 to 9 June at Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy, France! Both locations carefully chosen because of their facilities, their infrastructure and their World War II heritage.
After two days open to the public at Duxford Airfield on 3 and 4 June, with flying demonstrations, scenic flights and – weather permitting – practise parachute jumps, the event follows into the footsteps of the Greatest Generation! on 5 June 2019 about 300 men and women will board the aircraft to, exactly like 75 years before, fly across the English Channel to jump into one of the historic D-Day drop zones. All of them with ‘old-style’ round parachutes and all adorned with WWII style airborne uniforms. 7 and 8 June will again see flying demonstrations, scenic flights and parachute jumps. This time at Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy, France.
Our preparations for this truly great event are in full swing and we are proud to have received confirmation for over 30 aircraft already. The biggest challenge we are facing is – as always – the funding. The Daks over Normandy event is set up as a Non Profit event and through our website www.daksovernormandy.com you can help us with a much appreciated and well-needed donation. With your help Daks over Normandy will indeed be epic and once in a lifetime.
History in the making… Again… Just like in 1944…!
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