Images from RAF North Witham (D-Day)

Firstly, a huge thanks to SKDC for organising this very informative insight into RAF North Witham on 5th June 1944.

The eve of D-Day mission from RAF North Witham near Colsterworth is an incredible story – when aircraft of America’s lX Troop Carrier Command carried specially trained paratroopers from the US Army’s 101st and 82 Airborne behind enemy lines in advance of the main taskforce.

At precisely 21:54 on 5 June 1944, the first of 20 Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft took off carrying elite American Pathfinder troops, skimming the channel at 50ft to fly under enemy radar on their way to Normandy.

Final thought, the point where we stopped at the take-off point on Rwy 30, was especially moving, where Debbie read out a moving passage that was disseminated to all by Eisenhower before Operation Neptune.