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Formation Flying for D-Day 76 A U.S. Air Force F-15C and F-15D Eagle assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, fly behind a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, before a formation flight supporting the 76th anniversary commemoration of D-Day off the French coast, June 6, 2020. US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez

Formation Flying for D-Day 76

Personnel from the US Air Force in the UK marked the anniversary of D-Day as US Cemeteries on Continental Europe re-open

Published on June 9, 2020

Saturday June 6 marked the 76th anniversary of D-Day, and whilst ongoing COVID-19 safety measures prevented the widescale commemorations normally seen, US Personnel and aircraft from RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath in the UK took to the skies to pay tribute.

The flight saw F-15C and F-15D Eagles assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, before an anniversary flypast over the French coast. Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez's photographs of the flight include the moment the KC-135 Stratotanker flew over a floating Mulberry Harbor (pictured below), one of the key innovations that helped Allied troops to land troops and supplies to continue the push to liberate Europe.

Last week also saw the tentative re-opening of several US Cemeteries on Continental Europe. The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) confirmed on June 1 that sites in France, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands would be available to visit, albeit with restrictions in place to maintain Social Distancing. There has yet to be news on the re-opening of ABMC sites in the UK at Brookwood and Cambridge. Those who'd like to visit the cemeteries should check out the ABMC Website, or connect with their team's via Social Media to ascertain the availability of visits. For example, at the Normandy American Cemetery, visitors must use a free reservation process to book an appointment to visit.

To find out which cemeteries are open, and for more details on arranging a visit, go to https://www.abmc.gov/news-events/news/abmc-reopen-memorial-sites.

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KC-135 Stratotanker flying over a Mulberry Harbor A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, flies over Mulberry harbor during a flight supporting the 76th anniversary commemoration of D-Day off the French coast, June 6, 2020. US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez

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