Duxford’s D-Day Dakotas

Imperial War Museum Duxford recently hosted a large number of Douglas DC-3 variants to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Carl Wrightson was at the Cambridgeshire airfield to witness the spectacle.

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Parachutists of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team board C-47-DL Skytrain 101st Airborne Tribute on June 4. Unfortunately, the wind speed proved to be too high for the jump over Duxford to take place.
Carl Wrightson
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Lines of Dakotas at Duxford in a variety of schemes make an impressive sight.
Jim Winchester
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Douglas C-47B Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber taking off at a wet Duxford on June 4, with C-47A Miss Virginia in the foreground.
Jim Winchester

More than 18,000 men from two American and one British division parachuted into Normandy or landed in gliders just after midnight on D-Day – June 6, 1944. Dakotas were used as jump platforms and also tugs for the gliders, so played a crucial role in what was called Operation Overlord.

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