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D Day 80: Harlow man part of team that restored WW2 plane so it could fly back to Normandy

History / Thu 6th Jun 2024 at 07:00am

A HARLOW man was part of a team that restored a plane involved in the D Day invasion so that it could fly back to France as part of the D Day commemorations.

Jim Bryant and the team worked tirelessly over at North Weald to ensure it was airworthy for the journey as it was eighty years ago.

Jim said: “This is a C47 Dakota “Drag em oot”, an 80+ year old lady that was involved in the D-Day invasion but was sadly not expected to make the D-Day 80 due to many maintenance issues and delayed delivery of an engine.

“However after a fantastic team effort by all the engineers at Vintage Aero, who put in so many hours of hard work, she took to the air this morning (Wednesday) and after two flights and a few very minor adjustments she set off to France to play her part in honouring the brave men of 80 years ago”.

The Bryant family have always played an important role in the Harlow’s place in World War Two. His father Norman was a veteran. He passed away last year aged 98 but until then, he always attended the Remembrance Service at Netteswell Cross and saluted all who gave their service.

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