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D-Day Remembered at Lymington

Spitfires and Red Arrows display near Lymington, to mark 70th anniversary of Normandy landings

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, having just watched some very moving stories on national TV....locally in Lymington we have a very special event to look forward to on Saturday.

 

Thanks to his generosity the home of Charles Burnett III,  Newtown Park near Lymington will be the scene of a wonderful display to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings along with World War II fighter planes and a Red Arrows display.

 

There will be a display of several old WWII war birds including two Spitfires, a Hurricane, Harvard and Piper Cub along with a collection of military vehicles.

 

Meanwhile, a 92-year-old D-Day veteran from the United States is returning  to the New Forest from his home in North Carolina to unveil a new information panel produced by the New Forest Remembers World War II project. Veteran Herb Simmons was stationed at Lymington Advanced Landing Ground in the build up to D–Day and is believed to be the last surviving member of the 50th Fighter Squadron.

 

The new information panel will be based at the Lymington airfield, which was one of five advanced landing grounds - or temporary airfields - built in the New Forest to support the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Four of those five were used by the American Army Air Force.

 

Word War Hampshire Airfields

More information about local World War airfields:

http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/ah1900/cg.html

http://www.newforestmilitaryarchive.org.uk/Site/Airfields.html

 

Jane Porter 5 June 2014

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