D-Day - 65 years on

PUBLISHED: 14:17 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 April 2010

AFTER organising the recent return of real-life Band of Brothers to the former Upottery Airfield, members of the South West Airfields Heritage Trust have got a new project in the pipline.

AFTER organising the recent return of real-life Band of Brothers to the former Upottery Airfield, members of the South West Airfields Heritage Trust have got a new project in the pipline. They are busy preparing to stage a two-day commemorative event at Smeatharpe - to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day. The airfield, formerly home to the 'Screaming Eagles', the 101st American Airborne Division, will be the backdrop for the event, taking place on June 6 and 7 next year. Planned displays will include military vehicles, re-enactment groups, classic cars, motorcycles and aircraft. Historic and modern aircraft will take part in the event, and there will be a fly-in as well as static exhibits, entertainment from Blitz and Peaces, trade stands and refreshments. Following a previous event, at Dunkeswell, a Battle of Britain Hurricane performed a tribute fly-past over Fishponds House Hotel and Restaurant - in memory of former war-time pilot the late Wing Commander Bunny Currant. His family had gathered at the hotel for lunch. The Trust is keen to keep the history of old airfields alive. Anybody interested in finding out more about its work or the planned two-day show can call (01404) 46118.


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