If you can get American TV channels, watch the June 2nd CBS Sunday Morning show with Jane Pauley. They’ll be doing a feature on the Daks Over Normandy event and have been filming with Miss Montana several times.
VIDEO: Miss Montana drops smokejumpers over Normandy during D-Day commemoration By Dennis Bragg/KPAXJune 5, 2019
(KPAX) DUXFORD, ENGLAND – Parachutes filled the skies over the French coast on Wednesday as Miss Montana and other historical aircraft ferried dozens of paratrooper re-enactors as part of 75th anniversary commemorations marking D-Day in 1944.
After spending the past couple of days in final practice jumps, the planes that are part of the “D-Day Squadron” flew across the English Channel to drop their main “invasion force” of jumpers over the French coast.
The weather hasn’t been perfect, but so far the flights have been going well.
Miss Montana, the restored C-47, was the sixth plane in formation, dropping its paratroopers, including a number of Montana smokejumpers, around 11 a.m. Montana time.
Thousands of people gazed into the cloudy evening skies to watch the amazing sight.
The plane was restored in a year-long volunteer effort by the Museum of Mountain Flying.
Watching 75th anniversary commemoration live on TV in Montana at 4:30 am. (Pearl woke me up at 4:30, so why not?). Tuned in as the national anthem was winding down. Macron gave a beautiful speech and presented Legion of Honor medals to a handful of nonogenerian veterans.
Trump is reading his speech off the TelePrompTer now. He’s behaving himself, so far.
I’m ready for the airplanes. Miss Montana is honored to have been selected as part of the flyover squadron.
Haven’t seen any flyover action. Either it happened at the beginning before I woke up, or during a local programming break from the live broadcast. GPS tracker in Miss Montana indicates she’s back over the Channel. Dang! Maybe the evening newscasts will have footage...
The BBC have been showing odd bits in their news broadcasts, including many interviews with veterans attending both at Duxford and in France. Good to see the British Legion chartered a boat to take some 200plus vets to France, very emotional for some. Mr Trump appears to be on his best behaviour so far.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Among all of the other stories regarding this commemoration, I was particularly touched by a report on France 2 about one of the soldiers who returned for the ceremonies. He fell in love with a French woman 75 years ago, but they never saw each other again. He married and had kids, and then his wife died. What happened to the French woman? He assumed that she was already dead. But France 2 found her in a retirement home. She of course married and had a bundle of kids and then became a widow as well. France 2 took the American across France to the retirement home and reunited them. It was as heart rending as you can imagine, and they both said that they had thought of each other over all of these years. And then he had to go back to Normandy for the official ceremonies.
Apparently, they have promised to see each other again.
I have not been able to find the report on YouTube yet, but I will post it if it appears.
Kimby I hope you got to see your Miss Montana at the end of this journey on line that your were following!
Today is Air Force Day here in Canada. My hometown is lucky to have the Canadian Snowbirds giving a show this afternoon and this evening a CF18 will perform. The day is designed to honour our Air Force and the members, current and past and to hopefully give an understanding and connection to their contributions. The waterfront will be filled with school children and those fortunate to not be working today. Hearing the planes and jet come in yesterday filled me with good memories of the air bases we lived on where we would hear them almost every day.
I understand for many veterans and for civilians who lived through wars, this may not be a pleasant sound, because of the service and sacrifices of those service members, I grew up in a era of peacekeeping. Forever grateful.
Kerouac, that was a beautiful and emotional reunion. It is wonderful that they found her and arranged for the two to meet.
One thing that makes this almost creepy for me is that they met in Briey in 1944. Briey is 12 kilometres from my ancestral village. My parents met in Thionville, 38 kilometres from the village, also in 1944. The man is from Mississippi, just like my biological father. So exactly the same thing could have happened, and I would have never been born, at least not the current version of me. Then again, neither of my parents lasted another 75 years.