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Oxford, Conn. – February 8th, 2019 – The D-Day Squadron released a statement today, expressing gratitude for the acknowledgement during Tuesday’s State of the Union address of the profound contribution of D-Day Veterans to the liberation of the European Continent that reached a critical turning point on June 6th, 1944. “If there is anything that...
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By Stephen P. Pedone, Lt. Col., USAF, Ret. Late on the evening of 5 June, 1944, two brave young Americans among many were poised for the greatest challenge and risk of their lives. D-Day, “Operation Overlord”, had arrived in Europe, and Airborne Invasion forces would be the “point of the spear” to cross the English...
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Oxford, Conn. – January 17th, 2019 – AeroShell, the leading Piston Engine Oil supplier, has designated 4 distributors that will support the efforts of The D-Day Squadron to bring a large group of C-47s and DC-3s across the Atlantic Ocean to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy. The distributors will discount...
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Oxford, Conn. – January 7, 2019 – FlightSafety International, a world leading aviation training provider and manufacturer of flight simulators, visual systems and displays, will support the mission of the D-Day Squadron by providing International Procedures eRecurrent training free of charge to the pilots embarking on the historic journey to put C-47s and DC-3s once...
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Oxford, Conn. – January 3rd, 2019 – LIFT Aviation, a renowned provider of pilot gear and accessories, is supporting the D-Day Squadron through steep discounts of its products, particularly pilot kneeboards. This gear will prove extremely valuable to the pilots and crews ferrying C-47s and DC-3s across the North Atlantic via the original “Blue Spruce”...
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Oxford, Conn. – December11th, 2018 – As a part of its eightieth anniversary year, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is joining forces with the D-Day Squadron to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day. The D-Day Squadron is organizing a flight of  restored C-47 and DC-3(the civilian version of the C-47) aircraft across the...
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Oxford, Conn. – December 3rd, 2018 – The National Warbird Operator Conference (NWOC) announced a strategic partnership with the D-Day Squadron, offering the group the opportunity to make a presentation on their mission during the NWOC annual convention. Momentum is building for the D-Day Squadron as the vintage warbird community continues to rally around this...
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Provided by Pat Lewis-Bodilly, son of Don Lewis, C-47 pilot based at RAF Broadwell, England with 512 Squadron Just before midnight on the 5th of June, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Don Lewis lifted into the night carrying his crew and the 9th Parachute Battalion of the 6th Airborne Division of the British Army. His C-47 Dakota...
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101st Airborne Division – 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment – 3rd Battalion / G Company D-Day / Market Garden / Bastogne / Berchtesgaden – 1942 – 1945 One of Colonel Sink’s original “Toccoa Men”, Jim Martin joined the now famous 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Camp Toccoa in July, 1942. He was soon given the nickname...
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Compiled from the memoir of Flight Officer Charles E. Skidmore, Jr., Glider pilot with the 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group. Charles (Chuck) Skidmore, Jr. knew right from his pilot’s briefing for the Invasion of Normandy that a glider pilot’s life could be a short one.  His group briefing was somber right up...
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