On the 74th anniversary of D-Day, I thought I'd post this image of two of the most famous aircraft of the war years, the British Avro Lancaster heavy bomber and the US Douglas DC-3 or C-47 'Dakota' seen here wearing the black and white invasion recognition stripes.
The C-47 was a common sight in the skies around this part of the south-west of England in 1944 as many of the US paratroops that took part in the invasion left for Normandy from the US base at Upottery just a short distance from Exeter.
Sat not too far from me during this display was a group of British Bomber Command veterans and their wives/widows. Needless to say that there were a few tears shed as the Lancaster with it's four RR Merlin engines powered overhead.
I've just noticed that the sensor in my camera needs a bit of a clean as well!