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Dakota aircraft takes centre stage in historic Lichfield Bower fly-past

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota

All eyes will be on the sky in Lichfield come Bower Day when a historic fly-past takes place.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be in the skies over Beacon Park as part of the Bower celebrations.

An historic Dakota will be the main attraction of the fly-past.

Built in 1942, the aircraft currently dons the livery of 267 Pegasus Squadron, which flew in the transport, trooping and re-supply roles in the Middle East and the Mediterranean Theatres during 1943/44. The squadron employed various colour schemes on its Dakotas but always displayed its Pegasus emblem prominently on the aircraft’s nose. The Squadron’s role included the re-supply of partisans and resistance fighters, behind enemy lines, either by para-drops or by landing at clandestine airstrips.

The Dakota has played a part in the Queen’s birthday celebrations as well as the D-Day and Arnhem anniversary events.

Lichfield’s very own fly-past is scheduled to take place at around 4.45pm on May 25. For more details see the Visit Lichfield website.

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