The Liberty Jump Team from the USA runs a number of historical aircraft and will be making a series of appearances at the Normandy D-Day 65 events.
The team has jumped in Normandy every year since it formed in 2006, initially at the request from the local mayor and the KERDUN organization in Carentan, France. They invited Dominique Launay – President of LJT and SR Jump Instructor – to perform a commemorative jump for their LIBERTY Airborne Festival for D-Day ceremonies that year. A group of jumpers from various organizations came together and executed the jump from a C-47 ‘Drag Em Oot’ to a crowd of over 7,000 people. They also jumped in Amfreville that same week.
The decision was taken by the original team members to form a permanent group; the LJT is now primarily made up of active duty, retired or reserve Military, with male and female members drawn from the USA, France, Canada, England, Ireland, Holland and Belgium.
For 2009 65th Anniversary of D-Day the team is planning to jump from a C-47 on:
June 4th – Angoville au Plain between 11h00 and 16h00 depending on winds
June 5th – Amfreville DZ ‘D’ 22h30
June 7th – La Fiere – preceding the Military jumps – 12h00
The Team will be staying, as they do each year, at the CCAS campgrounds in Quineville – they attend and participate in the Quineville commemorative ceremonies each year.
The LJT also sponsors and hosts the travel of some American war veterans each year to Normandy- this year they will bring
- Ralph Manley – 501 PIR
- Bob and Debbie Beardon – 507 PIR. Bob is author of ‘ To D-Day and Back ‘ and will be at the jumps: visitors and spectators have the chance to purchase his books there as well as in Quineville.
- Chet Graham – 508 PIR Chet will travel with one of the LJT members Leland Burns (son of Dwayne Burns of the 508 PIR, together they wrote ‘Jump Into the Valley’)
The team’s base and jump training operations are located in Bristow, Oklahoma. For more information on the Liberty Jump Team visit their website www.libertyjumpteam.org