Fred Ouweleen, PacMin CEO, has signed on to be a crewmember during the 75th anniversary flight of the D-Day Doll to Normandy, France. The historic event will span over 6,500 miles one-way and culminate with special events in Normandy from May 26 to June 10.
The C-53, known as D-Day Doll, is managed by the Inland Empire Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving these magnificent and historic aircraft. Since 2016, PacMin has been a proud supporter of the CAF.
In all, forty iconic aircraft, including three from Southern California and fifteen from across the U.S., will travel to Normandy in tribute to those who served in our armed forces and changed history on D-Day, June 1944. D-Day Doll’s journey will begin in Riverside, California on May 6, 2019 and will stop at the following cities:
- Tucson, Arizona, USA
- Louisville, Kentucky, USA
- Columbus, Ohio, USA
- Oxford, Connecticut, USA
- Bangor, Maine, USA
- Goose Bay, Canada
- Narasasuaq, Greenland
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Wick, Scotland
- Duxford, England
- Normandy, France
- Berlin, Germany
Follow along as the D-Day Doll makes her journey across the Atlantic. Visit the Inland Empire CAF for flight updates and events. PacMin will also be posting updates on our website at www.pacmin.com/tag/d-day-doll/. The return trip passes through the same North Atlantic stops and will land at Oshkosh, Wisconsin for EAA Air Venture 2019 before returning home through Amarillo, Texas.On behalf of the CAF, PacMin is looking for sponsors to help get the D-Day Doll ready. Custom sponsorships are available including a chance to join as a passenger aboard the D-Day Doll.
For route maps of D-Day Doll’s flight or for more information about how to get involved in this historic journey, visit https://www.inlandempirecaf.com/.
Updated May 14, 2019: revised flight information.