D-Day Special One

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The United States Air Force in Europe has painted this F-15E Strike Eagle, 97-0219, of RAF Lakenheath’s 48th Fighter Wing’s 492nd Fighter Squadron in this eye-catching colour scheme to commemorate the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944 - D-Day. The scheme is based on that worn by the squadron’s fore-runners from when it was part of the United States Army Air Force’s Ninth Air Force’s 48th Fighter Group that was based at RAF Ibsley in Hampshire at the time of the invasion. Privately owned P-47D ‘Nellie’ G-THUN, the former 45-49192, was present at the early February roll-out resplendent in a similar colour scheme. TSgt Matthew Plew/US Air Force