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Showing respect: Local skydivers pay tribute to nation’s heroes on D-Day anniversary

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:00 am

A group of local skydivers commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day by jumping out of plane used during the invasion.

At dawn on June 6, 20 jumpers loaded up into a 1937 Douglas DC3A-S4C4G, more commonly known as a C-47, at the Monroe-Walton Airport. They flew up to 5,200 feet and parachuted down through the morning sun, much like paratroopers who dropped in German territory 75 years before. Some 13,348 paratroopers and 801 flight missions were part of D-Day. 21 C-47s were shot down by Germans.

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