Doll to Normandy 2019

History

 

The D-Day Doll was built at the Douglas factory in Sanat Monica, California. It is one of 159 C-53Ds and was delivered to AAF on July 7, 1943. It was assigned to the 434th Troop Carrier Group and was stationed at various locations (Alliance Field, NE, Baer Field, IN, Fullbeck, UK, and Welford Park, UK) before arriving at Royal Air Force (RAF) Aldermaston, UK in March 1944.

 

 

The 434th TCG consisted of HQ and the 71st to 74th Squadrons. Aircraft 830 was assigned to the 72nd Squadron (CU).

 

 

The group's D-Day mission was to tow gliders carrying reinforcements to 101st Division troops who had been dropped earlier in the night near Utah Beach.

 

 

At 0119, June 6, 1944, 52 of the Group's planes, each towing a Waco glider, took off from RAF Aldermaston Airfield for Normandy. Aircraft 830 flew three missions on D-Day and the next day.

 

watch: Early hours of D-Day

 

While in the ETO it participated in the D-Day invasion, Market garden in Holland, the re-supply of Bastogne and the crossing of the Rhine. It also flew various support missions and wounded evacuations to England.

The Crossings

 

May 8 - 19, 2019

May 19 - May 22, 2019

Oxford, CT USA

Goose Bay

 Labrador

Narasasuaq

Greenland

Ravkjavik

Iceland

Prestwick

Scotland

RAF Duxford

England

Normandy

France

Honor a Veteran

 

Buy a veteran an honorary seat back to Normandy

Due to limited seating on our flights, you can purchase an 'Honorary seat' for the entire journey. This symbolically empty seat can be designated for a Veteran, family member or friend. The honoree/designee will receive a certificate that their “seat” was flown in their honor. These “Honorary seats” so designated, will help send D-Day Doll to Normandy. 

Sponsors

 

Partners

 

The present day 434th ARW and the WWII 434th Troop Carrier Group that D-Day Doll was assigned to are historically the same unit.

Donate

 

No donation is too small!

Your donation covers fuel, critical spare parts, necessary aircraft upgrades, maintenance, lodging and meals for a crew of five for the duration. The costs cover to and from England. European costs are covered by an organization known as Daks over Normandy.

Sponsorship Support Levels

Corporate

Diamond

Platinum

Gold

Silver

$50,000

$25,000

$10,000

$5,000

101st Airborne signed Doll Photo / VIP Flight 2 (Up to 8 people)

Doll/Normandy Photo Montage / VIP Flight 2 (up to 4 people)

Doll photo over Normandy / VIP Flight (2 people)

Doll Photo over Normandy / Display Record of Donors

Individual

Diamond

Platinum

Gold

Silver

$10,000

$5,000

$1,000

$500

Doll VIP Flight 2 (2 people) / Doll Photo over Normandy

Doll Photo over Normandy

Display Record of Donors / Certificate

Donor Certificate

  1. Support Levels subject to change or modification by the Inland Empire Wing

  2. All VIP (Flights to be conducted at a location TBD by the Inland Empire Wing

No donation is too small!

Monthly Membership Meetings 
2nd Wednesday, 6-8pm, dinner $15 a plate.

 

"Hangar Days"

1st Saturday of every Month

COME VISIT US!

CAF Inland Empire Wing (Hangar "S")

Riverside Municipal Airport

6936 Flight Road

Riverside, CA 92504

 

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