The 101st Airborne still jumps

Parachute jump over Normandy 75 years after D-Day

75 years ago the Allies landed in Normandy to liberate occupied Europe from National Socialism. The first waves of the largest airborne operation in history consisted of the planes taking off into the night to bring paratroopers and gliders to the target area.

If you travel to Normandy these days, you will be reminded of what happened at every corner. One memorial event chases the next. This was also the case on June 5th when a large formation of aircraft took off from Duxford Airfield. The DC-3 and C-47 had come to the UK from all over the world to take part in the Daks over Normandy event together.

The oldest jumper is 97 years old

The parachutists who jumped out of the historical machines in authentic uniforms on round-cap umbrellas also came from all over the world and some jumped in memory of their ancestors who were there 75 years ago. The oldest jumper that year was 97-year-old D-Day veteran Tom Rice, who did a tandem jump. He was once part of the 101st Airborne Division.

In addition to the historic flights, 280 active paratroopers from several armed forces from C-130 Hercules were also dropped. Among other things, this took place above the Dropzone (DZ) Sannerville. There were French and British units. Once on the ground, they were welcomed by veterans present. Some of these had been brought to France by ship in the morning to take part in the many different events in the region.

In the next few days there will be commemorative jumps from the C-47s at different places every day, as far as the weather allows. Afterwards, the machines always return to Caen Airport and are visible to the public there. There are a total of 30 Douglas on site.