Normandy Parachute Drops Recreated

Posted on June 6, 2019

British personnel were among those who parachuted into Normandy – recreating the arrival of allied forces on 5 and 6 June 1944.

Troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade along with their counterparts from the French Army’s 11e Brigade parachuted on to the French beaches.

Oklahoma’s World War Two Airborne Demonstration team were also representing the US contingent of airborne allied troops who took part in the Normandy landings.

Two British personnel from 16 Air Assault have direct links back to D-day.

Colonel Andrew Jackson, the Deputy Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, is jumping with the medals of his wife’s great-uncle who landed in Ranville. Meanwhile, Warrant Officer Class One Maik Biggs whose great-grandfather served in the Wehrmacht in Northern France in 1944.

Spitfire and Dakota aircraft also featured, as well as two D-Day veterans recreated the parachute jump they made in 1944 over Normandy.

Jock Hutton and Harry Read jumped in tandem with the Red Devils to mark the 75th anniversary. Jock was just 19 and a member of the 13th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, part of the 6th Airborne Division when he jumped and landed over Normandy. Harry Read was a wireless operator with the 6th Airborne Division. He parachuted out of a Dakota and landed in a flooded trench.

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