After a fierce battle the Germans kept control of the Arnhem bridge, which was remembered by the 1970's movie 'A bridge too far'. Nearly all British and Polish paratroopers landed in 1944 at the 'Ginkelse Hei' (Ginkel Heath) between the cities of Ede and Arnhem. Every year a commemoration takes place whereby paratroopers are dropped from various military aircraft at the Ginkelse Hei.
On the morning of Saturday September 22, 2012 the 68th commemoration took place for the Market-Garden operation near Arnhem (the Netherlands). That day, a fleet of transport aircraft flew various missions from the Eindhoven airbase in the Netherlands (ICAO: EHEH); dropping paratroopers from various countries. The movie 'A bridge too far' was played at big TV screens for the waiting paratroopers.
The following aircraft participated in the memorial flights:
These aircraft flew 3 missions to drop over 800 paratroopers over the 1944 dropzone at the Ginkelse Hei. The paratroopers were from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Poland, Canada, Italy, Germany, and the United States of America.
Special thanks to PAO Eindhoven, maj Van der Dries.
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