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Daks over Normandy - Duxford event (Image Heavy) 5th June

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Andrewmap, Jun 11, 2019 at 8:42 AM.

  1. Andrewmap

    Andrewmap Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jun 5, 2018
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    Martin
    The following day dawned brighter and clearer and as we were having breakfast at our B & B in Old Warden, the owner had put on the TV showing the local news which was primarily about the event at Duxford. One section was about 95 year old Harry Read who had jumped into Normandy on the 6th of June 1944; he was about to re-create that with a tandem parachute jump into France later in the day, and by chance we managed to meet him and shake his hand! This was a privilege indeed.
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    (My wife's images, used with permission)

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    A couple of men re-creating a well known image from D-Day, painting each others faces in war paint.

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    Pleasure flights kept going through out the whole time and the angry buzz of Harvards taking off punctuated the air
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    As the morning wore on, the folk due to jump gathered together for briefings and last minute training: "1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, Canopy Check!"
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    And some informal shots were to be had
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    Unfortunately we had to cut short and start our way home to Derby, but having seen the mass departure on YouTube, it looked spectacular.

    Hope you enjoyed this rambling piece!
     

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  2. A great set of pictures, both parts 1 and part 2 and I'm glad you shared them with us . Thank you Martin.
     
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  3. Andrewmap

    Andrewmap Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Martin
    Thanks, Dave. It was meeting Mr. Read that made the last day for us.
     
  4. I would imagine that would be a highlight for anyone that was there.

    I think the Dak called "That's all Brother" is the one from the Commemorative Airforce in Arizona so it had a quite a journey before getting to Duxford.
     
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  5. StephenB

    StephenB Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 29, 2018
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    Steve

    Or - 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, check canopy...aaaaargh!! were my words when I did my first static line jump, lol.

    Great set, Martin, by you and your wife.
     
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    Andrewmap Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Martin
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    Andrewmap Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Martin
    I did say to Mr. Read about his tandem jump later that day: "Rather you than me!" Still sharp though, just his body ageing.
     
  8. StephenB

    StephenB Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

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    Steve
    I have a friend and neighbour who is at least 98, he flew over 40 missions as a navigator on Lancaster bombers in WW11. He's still incredibly fit, articulate, drives and he does his voluntary litter pick around the local streets every seven weeks, accompanied by his wife, who must be around the same age. Some people are incredible.

    His son in law wrote this book - Black Night for Bomber Command

    It's a really good read.
     
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  9. Andrewmap

    Andrewmap Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Martin
    Thanks for that, Steven, just bought it for download to my kindle:thumbsup:
     
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