After last weeks club Mark mentioned that whilst looking for painting details for the Horsa Gliders for our big D Day Flames of war game at MK he had come across the project 65 site. He then bumped into them at the river festival where they had a stand- they are raising money to:
honour the memory of the men who took part in the Coup de Main operation to capture the bridges on the Caen Canal and River Orne in the early hours of D-Day 65 years ago.
The organisers of Project 65 aim to raise £500,000, part of which will be used to erect a simple but lasting memorial to the men of the Coup de Main force and those directly associated with that operation 65 years ago. The memorial will be erected directly in front of the original bridge within the grounds of the museum which now displays the original bridge over the Orne Canal.
The idea is that a team of fund raising volunteers will leave Tarrant Rushton Airfield on June 4th next year and run 65 miles to arrive at Pegasus Bridge to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6th 2009.
They have one of the sons of the radio operator who landed in the no 1 glider with Maj John Howard taking part.
The project 65 site can be found here