Remembering D-Day

Remembering D-Day

Victorville – On June 6, as the nation marked the 75th anniversary of the Allied Forces invasion of Normandy, France during World War II, it was also a time to remember the important role played in this historic 1944 military saga by the U.S. Army Air Corps (Air Corps) at the Victorville Army Air Field. In July 1941, the Air Corps began work on the Victorville Army Airfield which became home to an advanced twin-engine pilot training school. Pilot and bombardier training began there in February 1942 and graduating pilots flew a variety of aircraft, including bombers and C-47 Skytrain transports, the primary aircraft that carried airborne paratroopers into battle. Victorville Army Airfield also trained Waco CG-4 glider pilots. Pilots of both CG-4 gliders and C-47s were essential to the invasion of Normandy. According to official reports, nearly 13,100 American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne made night parachute drops early on D-Day. Their efforts were followed by 3,937 glider troops.

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