Return to Normandy 2014


Sponsors of our Return to Normandy 2014 effort.

White Rose Aviation

The National Warplane Museum is offering a unique way to honor a service member who is a relative or friend of yours or your loved ones as part of our Return to Normandy 2014 Program.

We will fly a flag reserved in your service member's name in our C-47, Whiskey 7 from Geneseo NY across the North Atlantic to Cherbourg, Normandy. Your flag will then jump with a member of the Liberty Jump Team over the same drop zones used by the members of the 82nd Airborne Division when they jumped out of Whiskey 7 in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944. These jumps will be part of the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

The cost this plaque as shown below is US$250. A donation of $25 or more will reserve a flag with the balance payable by March 1, 2014. •> Click here for your order form. <•

The photos below are samples of the Plaque and the Commemoration card.

Return to Normandy 2014 video

Early on the morning of June 6, 1944, our C-47, chalk number 37, put out 17 paratroopers over Normandy, near Sainte-Mère-Église, as part of the D-Day invasion of France. This aircraft is one of nearly 1,300 that dropped 23,000 members of the 82nd and 101st U.S. Airborne Divisions as well as British and Canadian forces. Today few of these aircraft are left. The National Warplane Museum is fortunate to have this historic airplane.

At the time this C-47 was donated to us she had the markings 3H on her nose and different tail markings. Research by our members determined that she was the lead aircraft of the second wave to reach Normandy. We have changed her nose markings to W7, identifying her as part of the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 316th Troop Carrier Group, chalk number 37. Since we acquired W7 we have been taking her to airshows throughout the Eastern US and Canada.

Over the last few years we have replaced both engines with overhauled units and inspected the propellers. The latest upgrade includes completely rebuilt landing gear and new tires.

In October of 2011 the 37th Airlift Squadron based in Ramstein, Germany sent us an e-mail asking if we could bring W7 to Ramstein to help them celebrate their 70th Anniversary.

We concluded that we could not make the trip at that time, but we did determine that the trip was feasible and within our capabilities given enough time to complete our planning and raise the money required. We decided to make the journey in June of 2014 for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. We will Return to Normandy in late May of 2014 and on the 70th Anniversary and again put jumpers out of W7. The drop zone is about three kilometers west of Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy within a few hundred yards of where W7 was on June 6, 1944!

The current estimate for the trip is approaching $250,000. To raise this amount we are launching a direct mail campaign of sorts, but using e-mail and the Internet rather than stamps and envelopes. We will send this message and request to veterans groups, aviation organizations, as well as individuals and our members.

Our members have been very generous in contributing to the support of the C-47. We hope you will consider this request as well. If you could mention our request to your friends and associates it would be a great help. We are also going to solicit donations from corporations and businesses. As a fundraising incentive all donors will be entered in a drawing to win a trip for two to Normandy in June 2014!

We are very excited about this opportunity to honor the memories of all the men and women who took part in the invasion of Normandy nearly 70 years ago. We will keep you posted on our campaign to Return to Normandy 2014!