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The D-Day Squadron

The D-Day Squadron is the American contingent participating in the Daks Over Normandy flyover crossing the English Channel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2019. The skies will be filled with dozens of meticulously restored C-47 aircraft and hundreds of paratroopers billowing through the sky in authentic Allied uniforms and World War II military-style parachutes.

C-47 lineup

How the D-Day Squadron will make history

The volunteers of the D-Day Squadron will make an epic journey across the ocean with a fleet of American C-47s, each vintage aircraft meticulously restored to flying condition. The Squadron will join up with C-47s from Europe and Australia for Daks Over Normandy, a flyover of more than 30 aircraft to drop 250 paratroopers over the shores of Normandy on June 6, 2019, commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The skies will be filled once again with the sight of freedom, and the citizen soldiers and aircraft that helped bring about an end to World War II will be honored in this historic tribute. This entire fleet of warbird aircraft will be on static display at public events in both the United Kingdom and France for the education and enjoyment of people of all ages.

Citizen Soldier

Honoring the bravery of the citizen soldier

As the world became engulfed in war, people from all walks of life heeded the call to step forward and join the Allied fight. Before dawn on June 6, 1944, thousands of paratroopers leapt from their C-47s into total darkness behind enemy lines to secure bridges and exit routes ahead of the 156,000 troops that would storm the beaches. Ordinary citizens took up arms to become soldiers in the best army in the world, and the bravery of these citizen soldiers on that fateful day led the Allies to the liberation of France, and then to an end of the devastating War in Europe. Read more…

veteran and student

100 in Normandy

Also, in a monumental effort of honor and respect, the D-Day Squadron will recruit and host one veteran and one student from each state in America to be on the ground to experience the Daks Over Normandy flyover in France. In the pivotal spot that marked the beginning of the end of the War, past and future generations will stand side by side to observe the significance of this historic event. Pledge your support HERE.

We need you

As time marches forward, fewer D-Day veterans remain with us. The D-Day Squadron believes in the importance of remembrance and education to ensure the memory of these brave soldiers – and the significance of World War II – is fully appreciated for generations to come. Donor support is crucial to this effort. Funds raised will be used for the safe passage of the American C-47 fleet to France. Pledge your support HERE.