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We are participating in several events to commemorate the sacrifice made by the RAF and allied forces in June 1944.

RAF commemorations of D-Day

5 June

  • Supporting the national commemorative event in Portsmouth
  • Red Arrows flypast and a display over the D-Day museum on Southsea Common
  • Recreating the British 6th Airborne Division's role in D-Day by dropping parachute troops over Ranville, France - jumping from two RAF C-130 Hercules and an original Dakota belonging to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF)

6 June

  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Red Arrows fly pasts at Arromanches
  • RAF Bands and personnel supporting the anniversaries in Normandy at Arromanches, Ver-sur-Mer and Bayeux

The RAF's role on D-Day

The RAF flew over 14,000 sorties on D-Day, controlling over 5,000 aircraft. 113 allied aircraft were lost.

During the invasion the RAF concentrated on protecting the landing forces from the air, land and sea with fighter sweeps, bombing raids and coastal patrols.

They also delivered parachute and glider borne troops and supplies, and evacuated casualties.

The RAF also carried out vital tasks in the build up to D-Day:

 

  • Reconnaissance and bombing of German defences
  • Special operations to support resistance movements
  • Bombing transport links to immobilise German reinforcements
  • Training close air support, parachute and supply dropping

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