A poignant commemoration marking the 75th anniversary of RAF Tarrant Rushton’s vital role in the historic D-Day invasion of occupied Europe in June 1944, will take place on 2 June.

 The gathering to remember and honour those people who served at the base takes place close to the site of the former airfield’s main gate at 2pm.

The commemoration venue is the former airfield’s stone memorial at ‘Windy Corner’ on the road to Witchampton – postcode DT11 8SB.

Three waves of Halifax bombers took off from Tarrant Rushton on D Day towing wooden Horsa gliders. They carried the first British troops to land in Normandy, who seized a vital bridge near Caen, later named ‘Pegasus Bridge’ in honour of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

The airfield was also the base for tank-carrying Hamilcar gliders bound for Normandy. A total of 26 Halifaxes and their gliders took off in the early hours of Tuesday, 6 June 1944, with another 32 Halifaxes and gliders taking off in the early evening of D-Day.

Eddie Robertson of the Wimborne RAFA said: “The bravery and sacrifice of the men who failed to return after flying from the airfield should never be forgotten.” Anyone is invited to attend – bring a seat.

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