June 2014 will mark the 70th anniversary of the largest invasion in history: June 6, 1944 ”Operation Overlord” commenced, better known in the annals of history as D-Day The Invasion Of Europe.
On that day, approximately 7.000 ships transported over 160.000 allied soldiers to the beaches of Normandy, France. Their objective: Liberate Europe from the Nazis
The invasion did not just take place by sea, but also by air. The night before, 13.000 paratroopers landed behind enemy lines, jumping from the Douglas C-47 “Dakota”. By dawn on June 6, paratroopers on the ground behind enemy lines secured bridges and exit roads, raising havoc for the entrenched German units. The paratroopers suffered great losses, many landing miles off course from their intended drop-zones. But their gallant efforts secured the path for the landings from the sea.
2014 and the Round Canopy Parachuting Team
The RCPT is an international team founded in 2009. Making parachute jumps with round type canopies like the ones used during World War 2, this organization’s goal is to remember and honor all Allied soldiers who fought and fell for the liberation of Europe.
“We think that this history should never be lost and we hope you share our opinion. That is the reason that every year, in a number of places and from an original C-47 Dakota, we make historic parachute jumps in remembrance of those young men and the sacrifices they made.”
This June, the 70th anniversary of the D-day Invasion, the Round Canopy Parachuting Team is organizing “Dakota Fest” in Normandy, France. The goal: Bring as many of the existing flying C-47 aircraft to Normandy. For the first time since 6 June 1944, the skies over Normandy will be filled with Dakotas dropping members of the Round Canopy Parachuting Team, dressed in U.S. military period paratrooper uniforms and gear.
As you can imagine, an undertaking of this magnitude to pay tribute and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, requires enormous planning and funding to make happen. And because of this, the RCPT is raising € 500.000 in contributions. Alone they can not succeed in raising that kind of money…..but with your support this event can take place.
“Will you help us? Let 1944 history revive and support our plan with your contribution. We offer three options for three different kind of purses. And among our sponsors we will organize a lottery and 50 lucky people will all win a passenger flight in one of these historical aircraft.”
To help support this effort, I adapted a recent photo of mine especially for the Dakotas Over Normandy event.
To read more about the event and make your donation, please visit the Round Canopy Parachuting Team website at: