Thurday 2nd June 2016
From Dunkerswell airport outside of Taunton. Leaving the site late afternoon.
Dunkerswell airport was one of the many airfields that the American Screaming Eagles took off from on the start of what would become The LONGEST DAY. It is hoped that we would get the local re-enactment group to see us off.
Travel to Portsmouth to join the Night ferry Portsmouth to Ouistreham arriving on the morning of the 3rd June. You will have a four berth cabin to share on this crossing and the return crossing and four night’s bed and breakfast. (Two bed cabins are an optional extra)
Friday 3rd June
Arrive In France at approximately 07.00am and travel toMervill battery and Pegasus Bridge, the sites of the first airborne landing, Breakfast, visit to Museum cafe Gondree and Ranville war cemetery.
Cafe Gondree was at the centre of the initial liberation and is still owned and operated by Arlette Gondreee who was present at the liberation. Ranville was the first village liberated on D Day and the cemetery contains 2,235 graves including 19 year old Private E Corteil and his dog Glenn both killed on 6th June 70 years, to the day before our visit. Also buried in the same cemetery are two brothers during that year and the war poet John Jarmain
After visiting Pegasus Bridge we shall travel up the Normandy coast visiting Sword, Juno, Gold and Omaha landing beaches, including the famous Mulberry harbour at Arromanches before stopping at our accommodation.
Saturday 4th June
Time to explore the Northern American Landing beaches Omaha Utah and Point du Hoc
Sunday 5th June
Free time allowing you time to visit the myriad of activities that will be taking place over the weekend and to visit particular museums pointed out to you in the earlier tours.
Monday 6th June.
You will either make your own way around the area or Join the planned rides to some of the sites made familiar by the Films “Saving Private Ryan” and the longest day, including Utah beach Point du Hoc and the Omaha war cemetery shown at the start of Saving Private Ryan
Tuesday 7th June
Leaving the hotel we will visit Dead man’s Corner, and visit the Stephen Spielbergs D-Day flight simulator and Sainte Mere Eglis, where the effigy of John Steele the paratrooper caught on the church spire still hangs allowing time to visit the museum. The travel North to Cherbourg, where we will catch the night ferry to Poole (4 berth cabin supplied) landing early Wednesday morning allowing time to get to work if you should need to.
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