Created 7-Jun-14
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On 6 June, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion in history began, undertaken by the allied forces including the United States, Britain, and Canada. The invasion, commencing on what was code-named D-Day, began with an amphibious landing preceded by an airborne assault and naval bombardment.

The purpose of the invasion was to re-establish allied ground forces in western Europe, subsequently enabling the defeat of NAZI Germany in 1945 as allied Soviet forces joined from the east. (“Normandy landings,” 2014)

On June 1, 2014, NZ Warbirds and the NZ Military Reenactment Society conducted this re-enactment of one scene from the D-Day invasion. A Rolls-Royce Supermarine Spitfire joins the skies for the aerial assault along with several other historic airplanes and vehicles from WW-II.

Embedded with the invasion force, Peter “JXN” Mellalieu presents his photographs and newsreels from the first day of action.

This gallery contains my "pick". For additional photographs, see:

Mellalieu, P. J. (2014, June 8). D-Day 70th Anniversary: NZ Warbirds 1944-2014 - Aeroplanes [Second pick]. Peter Mellalieu’s Zenfolio Photograph Albums. Retrieved June 8, 2014, from http://petermellalieu.zenfolio.com/p1002976470

Mellalieu, P. J. (2014, June 8). D-Day 70th Anniversary: NZ Warbirds 1944-2014 - Ground forces [Second pick]. Peter Mellalieu’s Zenfolio Photograph Albums. Retrieved June 8, 2014, from http://petermellalieu.zenfolio.com/p1003265040


For video footage from this event, see:
Mellalieu, P. J. (2014, June 3). D-Day 70th Anniversary: NZ Warbirds 1944-2014. Innovation & chaos ... in search of optimality. Retrieved from http://pogus.tumblr.com/post/87629301358/d-day-70th-anniversary-nz-warbirds-1944-2014-on

Or YouTube:
Mellalieu, P. J. (2014). D-Day 70th Anniversary: NZ Warbirds 1944-2014. Auckland, N.Z: MyndSurfers. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE6QeaPOMGI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Categories & Keywords
Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Airplanes
Subcategory Detail:Military
Keywords:NZ, D-Day, Normandy, Spitfire, reenactment, Warbirds, warbirds