On the 1st June, there will be a big event happening at Upottery Airfield, Devon, which will include the Round
Canopy Jump display team, boarding a C-47 (Drag Em Oot) at the airfield. It will be the first time a parachute drop has departed from the airfield since June 5th 1944. As you can imagine, this is
quite a special event.
To outline, the C-47 will arrive at Upottery the day before, stay overnight, and then shall depart from the airfield the following day. Those who are jumping from the aircraft, will be wearing the uniforms and kit of the US Paratroopers who left the airfield in 1944 (101st Airborne). The airfield is most notably famed for it is the airfield of which Easy Company, 101st Airborne departed from. This unit was made famous by the HBO series, Band of Brothers.
The outline will be that on the 1st June at 08:45, the jumpers will march through the village to the airfield, and get ready alongside the aircraft. At 10:15, the first two ‘sticks’ will depart the airfield, fly to Carentan, where they will jump, before the C-47 returns to Upottery to refuel. The second jump will depart approx 13:15 and fly to Carentan where it will perform another drop.
This will be a unique opportunity for some fantastic photos, and to be part of something very special.
If you would like to know more, please do get in touch with Adrian Hollis at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking to invite as many as possible to the event, and there will not only be the Nissen Hut museum to have a look around, but also a small group of reenactors (myself included) on hand to answer any questions etc.
We would like as many military vehicles to attend as possible!
I have created a Facebook group which you may join if interested -
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Devon MVT intend to take part in this annual event.
We are planning a two pronged approach with assembly points at Ley Arms, Kenn and Buckfastleigh Railway Station. The two groups will then converge on Bovey Tracy where they will travel in convoy to Castle Drogo to arrive there for lunch.
Further details will be provided by Rod in due course.
If you haven't yet done so, please follow the link below to the main MVT website so that you can enter your details as an Affiliated Member of Devon MVT.
We are delighted to confirm that Rodney Rushton has won the MVT Wilkinson Sword.
It is one of only six made by Wilkinsons for presentation to clubs of sporting or recreational interest, this magnificent sword was donated to the MVT in 1988. It is presented at the AGM to the owner/driver, who is a member of the MVT, of the best restored Second World War British, Canadian or American built military vehicle that has travelled the greatest distance under its own power to shows, rallies and other events in the UK.
Here are Rodney's comments:
"I am pleased to say I have been advised that I am the winner for 2013. I attended 21 Shows and events, covering 2192 miles in my Jeep. The most distance in one day was 176 miles to Tyntesfield House, near Bristol.
This is the first Jeep I ever rode in and drove back in 1967, subsequently becoming the custodian in 1989. It resided in my barn until 2011 when I retired and restored it to its original condition."
Congratulations on a wonderful achievement.