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The D-Day Squadron

The D-Day Squadron is the American contingent of WWII Dakotas that crossed the English Channel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 5, 2019. The skies were 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

We Made History!

On June 5, 2019, a massive fleet of U.S. and European-based WWII C-47 aircraft crossed the English Channel from Duxford, U.K., for a flyover of more than 30 international aircraft dropping 250 paratroopers over the shores of Normandy commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The skies were filled with the sight of freedom once again. As part of the presidential flyover on June 6, the following day, more than 60 living WWII veterans were present and honored in this historic tribute, along with several special events honoring the citizen soldiers who scarified their lives for our freedom. 

The volunteers of the D-Day Squadron completed an epic journey completing two Atlantic crossings with a fleet of 15 American C-47s, each vintage aircraft meticulously restored to flying condition.

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…

Our Mission By the Numbers

We not only set out to re-create D-Day, we were able to do so much more! Check out our ‘Mission to Normandy’ results on this graphic to the left. A huge thank you to all our partners, donors, volunteers and 15 aircraft crews who made this possible!

We still 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 our mission sharing ‘living history’ with the world!

Join us and support our post “Mission to Normandy” efforts. Your donation supports the recovery of our fleet, and ongoing work to honor our WWII veterans through various expos, airshows and flyovers annually. 

Pledge your support HERE.