Miami Valley connection to D-Day

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) – A leap into the unknown that landed them in history’s crosshairs.

“D-Day is a colossal human event and D-Day had to succeed,” says Jeff Duford with the Museum of the United States Air Force.

Friday will mark 70 years since the Allies D-Day invasion turned the tide of the war in Europe.

It was so major that the term D-Day, which can be code for the date of any military operation, now refers only to this one in the minds of many.

“Because the landings at Normandy were so tremendously significant and such a pivotal time in the war that code word became associated with the landings,” Duford says.

All these years later, you can still find a connection to the invasion right here in the Miami Valley.

“I can’t think of any other place in the world that has this collection in one place with the artifacts, the stories, the photographs,” Duford says. “It really is a unique experience.”

Inside the museum are the types of planes used to support the invasion, everything from a transport that carried paratroopers to a bomber that destroyed bridges.

“It really is a special thing to look around and see all these machines,” Duford says.t was the people who made the invasion a success. Duford says their sacrifice should still resonate today.

“Take a little bit of time to read about what they did and understand why it’s important,” Duford says. “It’s on their shoulders we stand.”

If you’d like to learn more about D-Day, you can visit the museum and see its D-Day exhibit. It’s free and open to the public. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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