Geneseo museum sends WWII plane to Normandy for anniversary

GENESEO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo is leading the mission to honor veterans and commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The museum’s flagship aircraft, a restored Douglas C-47 that served on D-Day, will make the journey back to Normandy this June.

Pilot John Lindsey said, “I have crossed the ocean hundreds of times and I can tell you that this is the most important trip I’ve ever made.”

It was on June 6, 1944 when 160,000 allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, giving the allies a crucial foothold in France during World War II.

Chief of maintenance and flight engineer Craig Wadsworth said, “We hope that by doing this it will bring the history alive for your students in a way that’s impossible with a YouTube video or a picture book. Being a part of the excitement is the ultimate payoff for me.”

The crew will take off three weeks before the D-Day anniversary to make the trip. On June 6, parachuters will make a commemorative jump from the plane over the original Normandy drop zones. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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