D-Day 80: Caught on camera: World War Two warplanes fly over Wickham

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Dakotas over Wickham
Dakotas over Wickham. Photo by Ness Randall - facebook.com/nessrandallphotography

Photographer Ness Randall heard them before she could see them: two wartime aircraft flying low over Wickham. Picking up her camera from her kitchen table, she ran outside to her garden and took these cracking photographs.

“It was the sound that had me running outside with my camera,” she said. “They circled around and then flew over our houses. A beautiful sight over Wickham.”

The planes were British and American C-47 Dakotas, the workhorse aircraft of allied air forces. On D-Day itself around 1,000 US and British Dakotas dropped paratroopers in France to seize and hold key objectives and delay German reinforcements.

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