D-day Squadron adventures in Normandy and Berlin

About the adventures

Our Placid Lassie is the lead C-47 aircraft of the D-day Squadron, who are currently touring the world having just completed adventures in Normandy and Berlin.


We are proud that Col. Gail Halvorsen, the famous Berlin “Candy Bomber” is an honorary crew member aboard our C-47 Placid Lassie for the events celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.


View some of the highlights of 2019's events below and visit our events page to see where we'll be next!

Highlights of

the journey

May 16, 2019

Part of the D-day Squadron in practice formation over Connecticut.

Photo courtesy of C.J. Machado

May 17, 2019

The Tunison Foundation hosted the official D-day Squadron “On to Normandy” dinner on May 17, 2019. The honorary speakers were 104 year old Pete Goutiere (pictured below) who flew 380 dangerous missions over the “Hump” (Himalayas) and 96 year old Dave Hamilton, a Normandy pilot on D-day, June 6, 1944.

May 18, 2019

The D-day Squadron, led by our C-47 Placid Lassie, invaded Manhattan during a Statue of Liberty flyover.

Photo courtesy of Joe Letourneau

The D-day Squadron was escorted by six, WWII T-6 aircraft during the Statue of Liberty flyover.

May 21, 2019

Placid Lassie departure Day for Europe – across the north Atlantic

via Goose Bay, CA; Greenland and Iceland, at only 8,000 – 10,000 feet!

May 22, 2019

Over Greenland, en route to Iceland!

May 29, 2019

Rainy Scotland didn’t deter the locals from wanting to see our WWII D-day aircraft.

From the cockpit of our C-47, Placid Lassie, the lead aircraft for the Normandy and Berlin flights.

May 31, 2019

Our Placid Lassie flying above the he White Cliffs of Dover just off the coast of the UK.

June 2-5, 2019

Thousands greeted us and the D-day Squadron at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, U.K.

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D-day Squadron adventures in Normandy and Berlin