Upottery to Utah Beach 70 years on
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 May 2014
The famous ‘Band of Brothers’ of the US 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment took off secretly from Upottery Airfield near Honiton before midnight on June 5/6 1944 to capture the roads leading off the Utah landing beach at Normandy.
Twelve of their men won bravery awards for silencing the guns at Brecourt Manor the next morning that saved the lives of many soldiers coming ashore.
Coming soon on June 21/22 is a D-Day +70 event at the Upottery Heritage Centre, Cherry Hayes Farm, Honiton, EX14 9RD.
Running from 10am to 5pm, there are arena displays of vintage vehicles and a sponsored three-mile ‘Currahee’ memorial march will be held by re-enactors in uniform on Sunday, June 22, at noon.
Come and join in the event and follow behind the marchers. Children and dog walkers and buggies are all welcome.
Collect a sponsorship form from me or go to www.southwestairfields.co.uk and Facebook to collect names and donations from your family and friends. The walk is along country lanes and will take about an hour. There will be unlimited parking.