D-day Squadron adventures in Normandy
Placid Lassie Leads the Way: Mission to Normandy and the 75th Anniversary of D-day
The Tunison Foundation’s Placid Lassie was the lead C-47 aircraft of the D-day Squadron (http://www.ddaysquadron.org) a fleet of 15 C-47 aircraft who flew from the U.S. to Normandy to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
Prior to departing for Europe, the D-day Squadron gathered in Oxford, CT, for a week of preparation including formations flights, cold-water survival training, weather briefings and a celebratory pre-trip dinner.
On May 19, 2019, the squadron departed for Prestwick, Scotland, crossing the north Atlantic a 9,000 feet. Refueling stops were made in Goose Bay, Newfoundland, Greenland and Iceland. The weather cooperated!
From Scotland, the squadron flew to Duxford, U.K. and the Imiperial War Museum for several days prior to crossing the English Channel for Normandy on June 5, 2019.
The photos below document our journey from the USA to the U.K. and on to Normandy!
May 16, 2019
Part of the D-day Squadron in practice formation over Connecticut.
Photo courtesy of C.J. Machado
May 17, 2019
The Tunison Foundation hosted the official D-day Squadron “On to Normandy” dinner on May 17, 2019. The honorary speakers were 104 year old Pete Goutiere (pictured below) who flew 380 dangerous missions over the “Hump” (Himalayas) and 96 year old Dave Hamilton, a Normandy pilot on D-day, June 6, 1944.
May 18, 2019
The D-day Squadron, led by our C-47 Placid Lassie, invaded Manhattan during a Statue of Liberty flyover.
Photo courtesy of Joe Letourneau
The D-day Squadron was escorted by six, WWII T-6 aircraft during the Statue of Liberty flyover.
May 21, 2019
Placid Lassie departure Day for Europe – across the north Atlantic
via Goose Bay, CA; Greenland and Iceland, at only 8,000 – 10,000 feet!
May 22, 2019
Over Greenland, en route to Iceland!
May 29, 2019
Rainy Scotland didn’t deter the locals from wanting to see our WWII D-day aircraft.
From the cockpit of our C-47, Placid Lassie, the lead aircraft for the Normandy and Berlin flights.
May 31, 2019
Our Placid Lassie flying above the he White Cliffs of Dover just off the coast of the UK.
June 2-5, 2019
Thousands greeted us and the D-day Squadron at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, U.K.
June 5, 2019
7:00 a.m. The view from Placid Lassie as we headed toward the English Channel to Normandy.
June 5, 2019
Placid Lassie dropped paratroopers in WWII gear over the original Normandy Drop zones on June 5, and June 7-9.
Paratroopers from the Liberty Jump Team and Round Canopy Parachute Team await their commemorative drops in Normandy.
June 6, 2019
Placid Lassie led the June 6, 2019 flyover above Omaha Beach as Presidents Trump and French President Macron lay commemorative wreaths.
Chief pilot and Tunison Foundation board president Eric Zipkin flies in formation over Normandy.
A salute to those who gave all: flying above the American Cemetery in Normandy.