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    Default Dakota Flypast 5th June

    I understand that there will be up to 35 Dakotas flying from Duxford via Colchester & Southend to Normandy tomorrow.
    Looks like they will be over Burnham about 2.30 ish. Should be a spectacle.

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    Default Re: Dakota Flypast 5th June

    If my foresight was as good as my hindsight, I would be a multi-millionaire.

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    Default Re: Dakota Flypast 5th June

    Looking forward to it. My first flight was on a Dakota from Southend to Corsica for a holiday in the late 50s. It had to land at Lyon to refuel but couldn't restart so we got put in a very nice hotel for 3 hours in Lyon. Coached back to Lyon we could see the engines running as we passed. My father observed that they probably didn't want to turn the engines off in case. The plane had a pervading aroma of vomit and sitting over the wings, the vibration was frankly ...unpleasant. Corsica was great though.
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    Default Re: Dakota Flypast 5th June

    'Colchester' is a bit vague. Maybe I'll go round to the Stanway Sainsbury's and have a look. It was where we watched the big RAF flypast last year.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Dakota Flypast 5th June

    "Colchester' is a bit vague."
    Yes, I'd heard that's true, but not as bad as Jaywick apparently.

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    Default Re: Dakota Flypast 5th June

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Tribe View Post
    "Colchester' is a bit vague."
    Yes, I'd heard that's true, but not as bad as Jaywick apparently.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Dakota Flypast 5th June

    Last edited by MoodySabre; 04-06-19 at 16:48.
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    Default Re: Dakota Flypast 5th June

    Going off at a slight tangent, but certainly relevant... As we gaze upwards let's also remember the men who were sent to the southern front as the allies pushed-up through Italy. They were unkindly known as 'D-Day Dodgers' but for many of them their reality was Monte Cassino; one of the costliest battles of the entire war.

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    Default Re: Dakota Flypast 5th June

    My Dad was there, via North Africa and later on to Athens to "keep the peace".
    He used to say there wasn't much peace left to keep.

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    Default Re: Dakota Flypast 5th June

    Quote Originally Posted by Major_Clanger View Post
    ........also remember the men who were sent to the southern front as the allies pushed-up through Italy.
    My father-in-law was a petty officer on the Warspite during the battle for Monte Cassino serving on the flagship under the Rear Admiral, being the admirals runner and butler he saw the reports of devistation caused during the drive north by the Africar Corp and Allies. Unbenown to him, at the time, two of his own brother were in North Africa and had been sent to Italy and fought in the capture of Monte Cassino too. One lost a leg in the last day of Monte Cassino but survived courtesy of a German Surgeon. His other two brothers were part of the D-Day landings.
    He could never understand how 5 brothers from North London all fought in WW2 and all survived, yet other families he knew were devastated and even wiped out.
    I do wonder if the youngsters would step up, in the same way, to display such fortitude to endure the same today.

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