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Daks over Normandy
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Normandy landing — June 6, 1944 is without a doubt, one of the most important dates in the modern history. This day marks the anniversary of the day when nearly 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of Western Europe. The operation was preceded by a parachute drop of almost 24,000 paratroopers.

The airborne assault fleet was formed out of more than 800 Douglas C-47 Dakota aircraft. These winged workhorses played a critical role in English Channel crossing during the operation Neptune, and they could well be called "unsung heroes."

In June 2019, the 75th anniversary of D-Day is celebrated. Most likely, this is the last major celebration of this historic moment for these aircrafts to take part in.
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This month provided us with one of the last opportunities to see the Douglas formation in the sky over Normandy and pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Europe. For the first time since World War II, many of these magnificent aircraft gathered in the very place where they saw their finest hour.

From June 2 to 9, 2019, more than thirty Douglas DC-3 / C-47, as well as the last airworthy Lisunov Li-2, took part in the flypast. They arrived from all over the globe: from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Canada, the USA and even from Australia! All in order to fly in this impressive formation in the places of military glory.
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Innokenty Grigoriev / AviMedia
The Daks over Normandy event was held in two locations: from June 2 to 5 at Duxford Airfield in the United Kingdom and from June 5 to 9 at Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy, France. Both places were chosen because of their infrastructure and their legacy of World War II.
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At Duxford, airplanes were put on a static display. Reenactors wearing the uniform of an allied army soldiers strolled around them.

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Innokenty Grigoriev / AviMedia
The day before the doors opened to the general public, the organizers provided the opportunity to photograph on the airfield for 50 aviation photographers, an Avimedia reporter was among them.

Innokenty Grigoriev / AviMedia
Innokenty Grigoriev / AviMedia
Innokenty Grigoriev / AviMedia
Innokenty Grigoriev / AviMedia
Innokenty Grigoriev / AviMedia
Article: Innokenty Grigoriev
Photography: Innokenty Grigoriev
03/06/19


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