Daks over Normandy - 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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Daks over Normandy - 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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It's been over a year, but I finally managed to work on some pics.

My trip to Normady for 75th anniversary of the D-Day was amazing. Never expected it to be so intense and very emotional. I visited several places related to the great operation including Sword Beach and Utah Beah, Museum of D-Day, few small towns and villages in Normandy, where you can see and feel the spirit of June '44. France remembers... and I'll also remember these days...

Visiting Caen and seeing over 20 DC-3s was truly fabulous. Even the weather did not stop us ;) (however nightshoot event was cancelled :( )


Some photos, hope you'll like them:

1. Royal Engineers Memorial in Arromanches-les-Bains
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Lessay Airfield
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Aéroport Cherbourg-Manche - Main US Air Force airfield used for paratroops drops during whole week.
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15. Termnal before departure to DropZone
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Then we went to UTAH Beach - visiting the site and D-Day Museum
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24. Medal Of Honor
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Now some shots from Caen - weather was really challenging, I wish I could see all the Daks in full sun...

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I'll keep those few days deep in my memory, it was very emotional. One moment touched me very hard: We were standing on the hill by Royal Engineers Memoral, suddenly just out of nowhere two Mustangs made a very low pass over the beach and they did a break just over us - one went south, other north. That was the moment, the place... I shed a tear...

Truly amazing to see all these small cities and villages, the monuments, crosses, memorabilia...

To sum up:
5 days
2 flights - Krakow-Brussels, Eindhoven-Krakow;
1800km by car;
10 aiports (Krakow, Brussels Charleroi, Brussels Zaventem,Paris CDG, Paris LeBourget, Caen Carpiquet, Lessay-LFOM, Cherbourg-LFRC, Paris Orly, Eindhoven);
Over 1300 pictures;
Stunning views;
Unforgettable memories...

More photos here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tchrul/al ... 5019281081

Comments welcome as always :)
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Lovely pictures thanks for posting.
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Thank you for sharing these, and for the report

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A very good set which captures the emotion and atmosphere.

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Nice to see your photos Draken, it's likely we crossed paths at some stage as your pictures look a lot like mine.

Arromanches

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Sannerville DZ.

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Storming the beaches in 2019; Gold Beach, 6 June.

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The reasons we came to commemorate.

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A few from the washout at Caen Carpiquet.

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Cafe Gondree, the first building to be liberated, Pegasus Bridge.

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Stuff inside the massive bunker that serves as the Atlantic Wall museum a stone's throw from Sword Beach.

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On 27 July 1944, 20 year old Plt Off Peter Price RNZAF lost his life when his 609 Sqn Typhoon JP643 was shot down by flak and crashed near Poussy-la-Campagne.

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Re-anactor at the Merville Battery.

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Sherman at Camp Geronimo, Ste Mere Eglise.

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"Band of Brothers", Easy Company, 101st Airborne...

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The massed para drop near the Iron Mike memorial.

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Iron Mike.

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Plaque memorial to Exercise Tiger at Slapton Sands on the wall of the bunker at Utah beach.

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Typhoon reproduction in the Caen memorial.

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My Europe visit images here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871 ... 9321904431

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Somehow missed this post previously. Great coverage & photography of the various events & locations. I was there for the 75th Anniversary period & only saw a fraction of what you have shown us. The Caen Carpiquet DC3 event was a complete shambles, even if the sun had been out.

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