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Want to see the Dakota armada heading for France, places to be

Old 22nd May 2019, 11:54
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Want to see the Dakota armada heading for France, places to be

These are the dates and times not including the Duxford days for the UK on the 4th and 5th that I am going too, see the linky Daks over Normandy for details, they are also doing Germany and Paris I believe,

5 June

UK Times ( all times are approximate)

13.40 – 14.05 Take-off Duxford Airfield

14.21Colchester Flypast

14.29Southend-on-Sea Flypast

14.37Maidstone Flypast

14.50Eastborne Flypast


Additionally for those in Scotland, Prestwick will host the US contingent for viewing enroute

https://www.tsia.scot/


Current update - all ten of the Oxford, Connecticut gathered DC-3's/C-47's/C-53's departed this morning, and most have now arrived at Presque Isle, Maine for a fuel stop on their way to Goose Bay, Canada. N47E "Miss Viriginia" has already arrived at and departed from Presque Isle on its way to Goose Bay right now, and N8336C "Spirit of Benovia" is making a direct flight right now straight to Goose Bay. All should be at Goose Bay by this afternoon.

You can track all of them on FlightAware and FlightRadar24:

"Miss Virginia" - N47E
"Spirit of Benovia" - N8336C
"Placid Lassie" - N74589
Historic Flight Foundation's "Pan Am" - N877MG
"Virginia Ann" - N62CC
"Flabob Express" - N103NA
"Betsy's Biscuit Bomber" - N47SJ
"D-Day Doll" - N45366
"Legendary" - N25641
"That's All Brother" - N47TB

Hopefully "Miss Montana" N24320 will be able to get out of Missoula today - it was originally going to be part of the group that was gathered at Oxford, but it has been held up in Montana due to the weather over the past few days.

The DC-3 "Clipper Tabitha May" N33611 has already arrived at Greenland as of yesterday, and may be heading to Iceland today.
https://forum.keypublishing.com/foru...e-date-from-us


http://ddaysquadron.org/1422-2/

https://www.daksovernormandy.com/program/



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Old 22nd May 2019, 12:30
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A couple of days ago on FR24 I noticed an N reg DC3 descending into EGPK and two more approaching Iceland from the west.
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Update! Two Daks now over the Western Isles, looking like they are making for Prestwick.
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Update! Two Daks now over the Western Isles, looking like they are making for Prestwick.
I'm counting 3 of them inbound from Iceland, N74589, N47TB & N47E.

N47SJ has also not long departed out of Goose on its way to Greenland.

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And another has coasted out from Iceland and yet another just out of Goose Bay. Bit of a party in Ayrshire tonight methinks!
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Just Crossing the Clyde descending into PK

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I'm going to be in Normandy 3rd-8th June. Can anyone tell me where the para DZs will be on 5th June? I have twice e-mailed "Daks over Normandy" to ask the question, but no response.
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Read the daksovernormandy link I posted
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Looks like 2 of them have had to divert into Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, one went in their on the 20th and is still there, and another diverted in there yesterday.

Looks like N47TB has is heading for Duxford today (left Prestwick about 20 mins ago) and is not staying at Prestwick for the weekends events with the others.

Edit: N47TB has landed at Coventry instead. Just looked at N47TB's history, was in first wave dropping US Airborne Troops onto St.Mare Eglise just after midnight on 6th June.
Was used on ops for Market Garden and Varsity as well.

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Flypast did a spread on it, it was stored pending conversion to a turboprop when a historian researching someone asked if they had ever had an aircraft Serial No 42-92847 , it was then it's history was discovered, someone heard about it and published its tale, the CAF read it and it was then bought to restore, it wasn't just in the first wave, it was the aircraft that led the Normandy invasion drop.

“This is a modern miracle,” said CAF President/CEO Stephan C. Brown. “The aircraft was within weeks of being torn apart, when its serial number 42-92847 was traced, and it turned out to be the actual lead aircraft for the D-Day invasion.” After returning from the initial drop of 101st Airborne Division paratroopers on D-Day, That’s All, Brother towed a glider to Normandy, carrying essential supplies and men of the 82nd Airborne Division into the heart of the battle. The aircraft remained on combat status throughout the European campaign, participating in Operation Market Garden, the relief of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and the crossing of the Rhine River. After the war it passed through sixteen civilian owners and its story was forgotten.
http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-new...-invasion.html

Constructed late in World War II, That’s All, Brother has an impressive military history. Some of the key dates are as follows:

March 7, 1944: Built at Douglas Aircraft plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.

March 8, 1944: To USAAF at Baer Army Air Field, Indiana, via Dallas Love Field.

April 16, 1944: Departed for England with Air Transport Command.June 5, 1944:
Lead aircraft of the main airborne invasion on the eve of D-Day. Led over 800 aircraft dropping over 13,000 paratroopers behind enemy lines in Normandy. September 1944: Participated in Operation Market Garden (17–25 September 1944).

March-May 1945: Participated in Operation Varsity (24 March 1945 – 2 May 1945)

August 4, 1945: Departed for the United States

She will also be touring Germany, see

https://thatsallbrother.org/europe-tour/



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https://www.baslerturbo.com/thats-all-brother.html


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Inspired by this thread, I opted for watching "a bridge too far" rather than "the longest day". I think I made the better choice, despite pundits opinion.
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Watch "Band of Brothers".....very well done and based upon real events. Also...read the Book....as it is an amazing story.....and there are related books about Dick Winters who led Easy Company assuming command after the Commanding Officer was killed during the initial jump into Normandy.

Winters was an amazing leader of Soldiers and earned the DSC for an Infantry attack on a howitzer position at Brecourt Manor on 6 JUN 44.....an action that is still taught today by the US Army.
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C-47 mass take-off scene from "Band of Brothers" - real aircraft not CGI'ed.

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Excellent, thanks all for contributing, according to Flypast she landed at Coventry for a check and also a celebration, I intend to bore the poo out you all with photos of them at Duxford, so be aware
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Will be at Duxford on the 4th., cannot do the 5th as SWMBO has decreed a family gathering ...look forward to the mass take off pictures

ps having viewed the TV schedules not seen any prog's that look like this event will be included…. shame on them... other than local news bulletin at 18.30 (hopefully) so have set several on the planner in hope
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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09 View Post
Videos about the D-Day lead aircraft "That's All, Brother": The aircraft is fantastic - rebuilt with brand new original replacement parts of the correct period standard where available.
There's also a photograph of "That's All, Brother" landing at Prestwick at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48389010 amongst some other very lovely pictures of Scotland this week.

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There's still another 3 on their way over, and maybe a 4th as well that will make the trip.
"Miss Montana" landed in Greenland today, and one has landed near Lake Michigan after a two leg trip from Oregon, and another is about to arrive in Goose prior to its crossing.
The 4th a C-41 is still in Oakland, California but is rumoured to be about to shortly set off on its cross-country hops.
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Please pardon double post as I did not see this thread first ... Miss Montana landed EGPK this afternoon from Reykjavik. What a wonderful celebration this will be!
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