RocketRoute Supports the Daedalus D-Day 70th Anniversary and Memorial Airborne Invasion

    12 Jun 2014


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RocketRoute is proud to sponsor and assist flight crews in the Daedalus D-Day 70th Commemoration.

For the first time since D-Day, a formation of up to 10 Dakota aircraft will depart from the UK (Daedalus Aerodrome, Lee-on-Solent) and fly to France, Carentan, Normandy and undertake a mass drop over 100 “round canopy” parachutists wearing WW2 uniforms.

This will be the first time since D-Day that an ‘airborne invasion formation’ will have taken place from UK to France.

Subject to weather and operational requirements aircraft departures will commence between 10:00 and 13:00 Local on the 4th June 2014.

Viewing of the departing aircraft is available from the seafront only (note: there is no public access to Lee-on-Solent Daedalus Aerodrome). There will however will be a public D-Day 70th Memorial Service at Lee-on-Solent seafront Civic War Memorial on the evening of the 3rd June at 18:30L. The service will be closed by a D-Day 70th Memorial Flypast of historic aircraft types representing those flown from Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent on D-Day and during WW2.

Daedalus was the most active south coast airfield on D-Day launching 435 Spitfire, Seafire, Mustang and Typhoon missions to Normandy, flown by Fleet Air Arm, RAF RCAF and US Navy squadrons. Roll of Honour.

Flight Planning Support

Aircraft and parachutists are flying in from around the world to participate in this commemoration. RocketRoute has provided sponsorship to the Lee Flying Association which is hosting the UK part of the cross-channel Memorial Airborne Invasion in collaboration with the Round Canopy Parachute Team (RCPT).

RocketRoute is providing flight planning and operations support to all aircraft that wish to use the support for this event including positioning flights to and from the commemoration.

Lee Flying Association

Lee Flying Association continues to seek sponsorship to be able to fund this very special D-Day 70th Commemoration endeavour. Please consider making a donation here.

More Information

For more information about the commemoration see the following links:

Lee Flying Association Link

Round Canopy Parachute Team Link

DaksOverNormandy Link