As part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in June 2019, preparations have begun for an exceptional commemoration. These jubilee commemorations will probably be the last ones to be attended by veterans of World War II.
From the 6th to the 9th of June 2019, the French association L-Birds back to Normandy is organizing an unprecedented gathering of liaison aircraft, often referred to as L-Birds (L for Liaison). This gathering will include Piper L-4 Grasshoppers, Stinson L-5 Sentinels and other rare L-Birds, some of which are the only airworthy remaining examples !
More than 40 liaison aircraft, all authentic and in their wartime colours, will fly to Normandy from all over Europe. This will be the largest concentration of liaison aircraft since 1945, all being veterans and representing the various types of liaison aircraft used by the belligerents during the war. They will be displayed together, flown by pilots from 13 different countries.
The rallying point before the commemorative flights will be the Saint André de l’Eure airfield, a former German base which became Advanced Landing Ground B-24 when the Allies took control. This airbase was home to C-47 Dakotas and hundreds of L-Birds during the Battle of Normandy.
More info can be found on the association’s website : L-Birds.fr.