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Mass Normandy Parachute Landing To Mark 75 Years Since D-Day

D-Day saw 156,000 troops land in Normandy in June 1944.

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Royal Marines wading ashore on June 6 1944 (Picture: Crown Copyright). 

A cross-channel flight and parachute landing over Normandy will take place in June to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The Imperial War Museum (IWM) has organised a series of commemorative events, beginning at IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire on 4th June.

The former airfield will host a display featuring a number of Second World War-era planes - including more than 30 Dakota aircraft, as well as flight displays across the museum.

Events will also take place at HMS Belfast and the Churchill War Rooms.

On 6 June, aircraft will leave for Normandy where a mass parachute jump will pay tribute to the personnel who were part of the landings in 1944.

British troops landing on the beaches of Normandy
British troops landing on a Normandy beach (Picture: Crown Copyright).

The IWM has also planned a D-Day themed programme at the Churchill War Rooms, where much planning for D-Day took place, and on board former Second World War warship HMS Belfast on June 8 and 9.

Operation Overlord, as the Allies called D-Day, saw around 156,000 troops land in Normandy, surprising the Germans who expected an invasion to take place further north up the French coast.

Allied troops encountered difficult weather conditions and fierce German resistance, but fought through and liberated Paris on 25th August 1944.