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75th Anniversary of D-Day

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Big plans for this event including a group of C47/DC3’s arriving in the UK to participate.

https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/politics/2019/05/31/world-war-ii-planes-fly-d-day-normandy-invasion-75th-anniversary/1274506001/

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The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum C-47 is a D-Day veteran and the museum is planning a formation flight On June 6 (12 noon) to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, CWHM will fly three aircraft types that would have participated on D-Day – the C-47 Dakota, B-25 Mitchell and Avro Lancaster – in a formation flight over Hamilton and area.

The museum C-47 FZ692 flew with 233 SQN in the late evening of 05 June 1944 and dropped paratroopers in drop zone DZ-N just NW of Toufreville France behind enemy lines. The pilot that night was W/O J.P.R. McCrae RCAF. 6 C-47 were dispatched that night from 233 SQN and 2 did not return KG556 and KG429.  FZ692 was transferred to RCAF 437 SQN in September 1944 and has been restored presently to this paint scheme. She has flown 224 missions. Risky business indeed

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I have a hard earned (lots of cargo) 1000 hours of DC3/C47 time and one or more of my airline’s fleet participated on D-Day. Can’t  remember which tails but this one returned to the US and back into its former paint.

 

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