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Where can I see the D-Day flypast over Kent?

By Alan Smith

Keep your eyes on the sky today and you may be rewarded with the rare sight of 34 wartime Dakotas flying over - but their departure time has been delayed.

The aircraft will soar over the county on their way to take part in the 75th anniversary celebrations to recall the D-day landings of June 6, 1944.

They were due to leave Duxford Aerodrome at 1.40pm today (Wednesday) and their zig-zag route will take them over Colchester, Southend, Chatham, Maidstone and Eastbourne before they cross the Channel to fly to Le Havre and Caen Carpiquet.

The C-47 Skytrain Dakotas line up at Duxford
The C-47 Skytrain Dakotas line up at Duxford

However, a tweet this afternoon says their takeoff has been put back nearly two hours to 3.24pm - and then they did not take off until after 4pm.

This means the planes are likely to pass over the Medway Towns and Maidstone shortly before 5pm.

More than 800 Douglas C-47 Skytrains, known as Dakotas, were used to drop airborne troops behind enemy lines on D-day.

Many made repeated drops.

Some of the aircraft in today's fly-past were involved in the original operation.

The aircraft's route with the original flypast times, which have been delayed
The aircraft's route with the original flypast times, which have been delayed

Hundreds of people have turned up to watch the planes and caused traffic chaos in parts of the county.

To see which aircraft are taking part, click here.

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