Daks Over Normandy

June 05, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

" We can have our day at the beach because of their day at the beach " a tagline I saw attached to a graphic relating to rememberance of D-Day at Normandy in 1944.

Today 5th June 2019, somewhere in the region of thirty C47 / Dakota aircraft will take part in the 75th anniversary commemoration event of the D-Day landings. This will be the largest accumulation of these aircraft over the skies of Normandy since D-Day itself, an amazing feat considering most of the aircraft are 75 years old and many of them were there flying missions which started in the early hours of June 6th 1944.

 

Many of these aircraft participating have flown across the Atlantic following an original World War Two ferry route, the " Blue Spruce Route " from North America, stopping in Greenland, Iceland and then Prestwick Airport in Scotland.

I was fortunate to see a good many of the aircraft landing and departing at Prestwick Airport in Scotland

 

I have attached links below some of the pictures of the aircraft which gives a little about their history.

 

A few pictures of other movements at the airport added on at the end of this post.

 

DC-3 Clipper Tabitha MayDC-3 Clipper Tabitha MayA Douglas DC-3 in the post war markings of Pan American World Airways lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 20th 2019. The first of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy.
Clipper Tabitha May

 

WW2 C-47 Placid LassieWW2 C-47 Placid LassieThe C-47 aircraft named " Placid Lassie " lands at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. An aircraft of historical significance, built in 1943 and flew several missions during the D Day landings and operation Market Garden during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. A monochrome filter has been applied to the original colour photograph. Placid Lassie

C-47A Sytrain That's All BrotherC-47A Sytrain That's All BrotherThe C-47 aircraft named " That's All Brother " just about to land at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. An aircraft of immense historical significance as this very aircraft was the 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. 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. C-47A Sytrain That's All BrotherC-47A Sytrain That's All BrotherThe C-47 aircraft named " That's All Brother " just about to touch down at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. An aircraft of immense historical significance as this very aircraft was the 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. 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. A monochrome filter has been added to the original colour photograph. That's All Brother

Legend Airways “Liberty” DC-3CLegend Airways “Liberty” DC-3CThe Douglas DC-3 " Liberty" of Legend Airways lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 22nd 2019. One of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. An aircraft of historical importance having served as a troop carrier during the D Day invasion of Normandy. Legend Airways “Liberty” DC-3CLegend Airways “Liberty” DC-3CThe Douglas DC-3 " Liberty" of Legend Airways lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 22nd 2019. One of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. An aircraft of historical importance having served as a troop carrier during the D Day invasion of Normandy. A black and white conversion of the original colour photograph. Legend Airways " Liberty "

Pan Am Douglas DC-3CPan Am Douglas DC-3CDouglas C-47B s/n 20806 (c/n 4193) was built in Long Beach, CA in 1944 for the U.S. Army. It has been restored in the colour scheme that Pan American Airlines had in use at that time. Seen here landing at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. One of 15 DC-3/C-47/DaKkota aircraft to have made the journey across the Atlantic to take part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. Pan Am Douglas DC-3CPan Am Douglas DC-3CDouglas C-47B s/n 20806 (c/n 4193) was built in Long Beach, CA in 1944 for the U.S. Army. Seen here landing at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. One of 15 DC-3/C-47/DaKkota aircraft to have made the journey across the Atlantic to take part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. A black and white conversion of the original colour photograph. Douglas DC-3C N877MG

C-53 Skytrooper D-Day DollC-53 Skytrooper D-Day DollThe Douglas C-53 Skytrooper " D Day Doll " lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 24th 2019. One of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. An aircraft of historical importance having flown three D Day missions towing Waco gliders and also taking part in operation " Market Garden ". A black and white conversion of the original colour photograph. C-53 Skytrooper D-Day DollC-53 Skytrooper D-Day DollThe Douglas C-53 Skytrooper " D Day Doll " lands at Prestwick Airport in Scotland on May 24th 2019. One of 12 DC-3 and C-47 aircraft following the original " Blue Spruce " flight path as used during WW2 from the USA to Europe. Part of the D Day Squadron taking part in the 75 years commemoration of the D Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. An aircraft of historical importance having flown three D Day missions towing Waco gliders and also taking part in operation " Market Garden ". D Day Doll

Douglas DC-3C N47E  Miss VirginiaDouglas DC-3C N47E Miss VirginiaThe C-47A ( DC-3C) aircraft named " Miss Virginia " Seen in world war two markings of the United States Air Force, taxiing for take off at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. Built in 1943 and had two years service training airborne troops during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. Douglas DC-3C N47E  Miss VirginiaDouglas DC-3C N47E Miss VirginiaThe C-47A ( DC-3C) aircraft named " Miss Virginia " Seen in world war two markings of the United States Air Force, taxiing for take off at Prestwick Airport, Scotland. Built in 1943 and had two years service training airborne troops during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. Douglas DC-3C N47E  Miss VirginiaDouglas DC-3C N47E Miss VirginiaThe C-47A ( DC-3C) aircraft named " Miss Virginia " pictured here taking off at Prestwick Airport, Scotland, for Duxford England. Built in 1943 and had two years service training airborne troops during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. Douglas DC-3C N47E  Miss VirginiaDouglas DC-3C N47E Miss VirginiaThe C-47A ( DC-3C) aircraft named " Miss Virginia " pictured here taking off at Prestwick Airport, Scotland, for Duxford, England. Built in 1943 and had two years service training airborne troops during world war two, 75 years later it will attend the commemoration of the D Day landings at Normandy in June 2019. Miss Virginia

Legend Airways " Liberty " Miss Virginia Betsys Biscuit Bomber Betsys Biscuit Bomber

Miss Montana Miss Montana

N62CC " Virginia Ann " waits on KC-135 landing before departing to Duxford from Prestwick 27/05The Virginia Ann was built at Douglas Aircraft’s factory in Long Beach, California, and was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force on September 21st, 1943. She was initially assigned to the 12th Air Force in January, 1944, but transferred to 59th Squadron of the 61st Troop Carrier Group in the 9th Air Force shortly thereafter. On D-Day, based at RAF Barkston Heath in England, Colonel Willis Mitchell chose Virginia Ann to lead the 61st TCG with her four squadrons, the 14th, 15th, 53rd and 59th, 72 C-47s, on Serial 24. They were carrying elements of the 2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne. Colonel Mitchell received the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained that early morning. Virginia Ann was involved in resupply and injured evacuation operations in the days following the June 6th invasion. The aircraft went on to participate in Operations Market Garden and Varsity. Following WWII, Virginia Ann went on to a life in the civilian sector as a transport. Mission Boston D-Day LLC, of Newport Beach, California have owned the historic aircraft since 2016, and she is presently painted in the same livery she wore back in June, 1944. KC-135KC-135 prepares to taxy for take off back home to Arizona. C130H of Kentucky ANG landing at Prestwick Airport KC-135R of the Arizona Air National Guard arrives at Prestwick Airport " Placid Lassie " " Placid Lassie " shortly after take off from Prestwick Airport and heading for Duxford 27/05, backdrop is the Isle of Arran, off the West coast of Scotland.


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