D-Day anniversary flypast route revealed
legendary WWII aircraft are to take off from the Imperial War Museum Duxford to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The skies over the south of England will witness a remarkable event on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 5th.
Thirty-five Douglas DC-3s and C-47s (known to the US Air Force as Skytrains and to the RAF as the Dakota) will be flying from the IWM Museum at Duxford, near Cambridge, and setting course for Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, fought on June 6 1944.
These legendary aircraft will be escorted by a number of Second World War Allied fighter planes, the Spitfire, Hurricane and Mustang.
On their way, they will fly over Sussex from just before 2.40pm and are scheduled to pass over Eastbourne and Beachy Head at 2.50pm.
Members of the local Royal British Legion will be joined by war veterans at Beachy Head to witness the display. They will be selling special D-Day commemoration badges from around 1 pm.
Alan Young of the Eastbourne branch of the Royal British Legion said, “We are really looking forward to it.
“I think it’s going to give recognition of the amount of bombing Eastbourne took. If the [enemy aircraft] had any left they dropped them on Eastbourne on their route back.
“We are trying to give some mark of respect for the fallen. Hopefully, it will all work out and it will be a nice, sunny day. There’ll be a lot of people on Beachy Head.”
The weather forecast on the day is expected to have sunny intervals changing to cloudy by midday, with highs of 16 degrees – according to the Met Office.
Joanne Jones of Daks over Normandy said, “This is bringing together the largest gathering of C-47s and DC-3s since WWII to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. It’s taken three years of planning and will probably be the last chance to see an epic event such as this.