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  • 10 Jun 2018 07:50 | John Hoffstetter (Administrator)

    Email 75ddayops@orange.fr to receive the Manifest announcement as soon as it is available!!

    Day 1: Monday 3 June, arrival of the aircraft to the RCPT HQ UK at Upottery Airfield, exhibition and commemoration in association with the Heritage Center Upottery airfield. Open Day
    Day 2: Tuesday 4 June, arrival of the paratroopers at Upottery Airfield. Open day.
    Day 3 : Wednesday 5 June, aircraft departure, in formation across The Channel, mass drop at Carentan, aircraft landing at Cherbourg Maupertus. Dinner and festivities at Carentan
    Day 4: Thursday 6 June, FREE DAY
    Day 5: Friday, 7 June, formation flight, parachuting mass drop at Ranville, UK DZ "K" - planes return to Cherbourg Maupertus. Evening festivities, Dinner at Pegasus Bridge.
    Day 6: Saturday, June 8, FREE DAY
    Day 7: Sunday 9 June, formation flight, parachuting mass drop Saint Mère Eglise, La Fière. Return aircraft Cherbourg Maupertus. Dinner and festivities Sainte Mère Eglise.
    Day 8: Monday 10 June, Event finishes.

    Very cordially,

    The D-Day Memorial Airborne Operation Staff


    Background: For the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, RCPT was challenged to create the event Daks over Normandy to celebrate the sacrifices and triumphs of those Paratroopers of 1944. By all reports, it was crowned a great success.

    Our 2014 event was an extremely ambitious undertaking, which followed a difficult path including administrative burdens, restrictions and security constraints which our region lives through on the occasion of such large ceremonies.
    RCPT, by its persistence, diplomacy and professionalism, proved by the success of the aviation events to be in perfect coordination with aerial, military, and state organized events during that period.
    On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, our association RCPT, with the corporation and partnership of the towns of Carentan, Sainte Mère Eglise, Ranville, the airport of Cherbourg Maupertus and the President of the Normandy region, has the pleasure to announce the creation of our new event, the "D-Day Memorial Airborne Operation".
    (For internal reasons and not through choice, we will no longer conduct operations under the name of "Daks over Normandy" )  
    The 75th anniversary will be on a grand and international scale with a large presence of Heads of State. There will be heightened and more restrictive security in the airspace. A large gathering of aircraft will be extremely difficult to manage during this period and it is plausible that flights or events could be cancelled at any time when or if the reasons of state and security require. For this reason, we have planned our schedule in total coordination and agreement with the governmental planners and civil aviation authorities, at an airport unlikely to be affected by dignitary arrivals.
    It is at the outset responsible and realistic to make an event qualitative rather than quantitative. 
    Therefore, we will differentiate from previous events by only using planes bearing historical 1944 D-Day colors with the number of planes deliberately limited, to ensure the unhindered course of the planned program and with participating jumpers exclusively dressed in 1944 paratrooper uniform .

    The program of our "D-Day Memorial Airborne Operation" being fully bound to airdrops of 6 June 1944, we will be exclusively using jump ships in the “invasion configuration” with anchor lines for airborne operations.

    Just as during the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the base of action will be the airport of Cherbourg Maupertus , which we have the guarantee of non-requisition. 
    It is ideally located in the historic sector close to Utah Beach and areas of airdrops of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and not too far from the UK Dz’s. 
    We look at a maximum of 6 C47 - C53 planes.
    In this 75th D-day commemoration, all parachute teams are welcome to join on equal status this event, we aim to working together in order to enable all participants to jump in commemoration and honor of our veterans.

    Above all, we look forward to warmly welcoming you in a spirit of camaraderie together in our common passion, - historical airborne operations, honour, memory and remembrance.

    Eagerly awaiting in expectance of your participation to this combined effort, we look forward to welcoming you to this official event which will ensure your active participation and jumping during the commemorations of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
    If you chose to be part of this event, please email at 75ddayops@orange.fr and you will receive the manifest as soon as it opens. 

    Very cordially,

    The D-Day Memorial Airborne Operation Staff


  • 6 Jun 2018 06:06 | John Hoffstetter (Administrator)

    RCPT-EU:  Normandy 2018 jump manifest is confirmed, the first jump of our Overlord 2018 commemorative airborne operations in Normandy will takeoff from Upottery, UK. This first jump named “ Operation Albany 2018” is one of the 5 historic jumps 

    OPERATION ORDERS & MANIFEST
    OVERLORD 2018

    Normandy, France. May 31st 2018 – June 6th 2018

    C47 Commemorative Jumps

    General Information

    On the invite of the towns of Upottery, Carentan, Azeville, Sainte Mère Eglise, and Azeville Round Canopy Parachuting Team (RCPT) will performed five commemorative drops during the 74th anniversary of the D-day landings.

    RCPT performed these jumps in WWII style with respect of all current general safety lines and RCPT’s FAA approved Standard Operation Procedures. The event is lead in the spirit of the airborne brotherhood; we offer the public and participants a performance of historical accuracy on famous historical Drop Zones. Further it is the goal of the Team to honor the veterans and further the memory to the public through our airborne demonstrations and displays.

    Requirements

    Qualified parachutist
    Current RCPT Member or RCPT Guest
    Current on jump status, at least one satisfactory round canopy jump in the preceding 6 months
    Fit to jump medical declaration not older than 24 months
    You must have a third party reliability insurance covering parachute activities.

    Equipment
    Own MC-1C/D, SF10 or set 10 main parachute with 5ft “C47” extension, all steerable, checked and approved by a certified Rigger in the previous 12months
    Own T-10R reserve or Mirps, checked and approved in the previous 6 months by a certified Rigger.
    There will be no rental parachutes.

    Uniforms
    WWII U.S M42 jumpsuit 
    WWII style jumpboots or “Corcorans”, WWII steel helmets (no D bales). 
    Authorised equipment: M-36 Musette bags, M-36 style suspenders, first aid pouch, ammo pouch, Para rope, Mae-West life vest, M2 paratrooper switch knife.
    Current uniforms to jump on separate lifts. 
    No current uniforms allowed on the Cross Chanel flight/Jump

    Aircraft:
    C47 Dakota, Drag ‘m Oot

    Day One: Friday June 1st 2018 Cross channel flight Upottery – Carentan Jump.

    Operation Albany 2018 

    For the very first time since 5th June 1944, RAF Upottery will be the departure airfield for another C-47 to cross the English Channel and drop RCPT Parachutists on Normandy soil.

    RAF Upottery, known to the USAAF as Station 462 was built in 1943 as a Class ‘A’ bomber base. It was home to the 439th Troop Carrier Squadron under the command of Col. Charles H Young. 

    81 C-47 aircraft took off from Upottery on the night of 5th June 1944 dropping over 1300 men from the 101st airborne on Drop Zone C near St. Marie Du Mont in Operation Albany, the codename for the 439th TCS’s role in the D-Day Landings.

    The Airfield also launched C-47 aircraft towing Gliders containing men from the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Hackensack on 7th June 1944.

    Just as the original Band Of Brothers 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division, the Round Canopy Parachuting Team will board at RCPT UK HQ RAF Upottery for the first Normandy 2018 commemorative jump on Carentan. RCPT jumpers will recreate history, taking off from the original concrete runway used 74 years ago almost exactly to the day!

    The Airfield and its history is preserved by the South West Airfields Heritage Trust. RCPT jumpers can explore the area and visit the museum opened by the organization, containing original photographs and artifacts of the airfield before we make this historic flight to our Drop Zone Carentan.
    This jump is part of the official commemorative program and ceremonies of Carentan and Upottery, UK. 

    Slots are very limited on this jump since we do only one flight. Departure to the UK scheduled Thursday May 31st by ferry boat.

    Day Two: Saturday June 2nd 2018 Operation Vernon Staley,

    DZ Azeville Batteries

    The German Batterie at Azeville is part of the iron triangle and is situated to the north of Utah Beach.
    Just after dawn on June 6th 1944, after an eventful night, shells started dropping in the area. Crisbecq had quickly sunk a destroyer. Azeville, whilst not sinking a ship, damaged several ships during the first few hours. 
    The Americans landing on Utah had the taking of this batterie as one of their D-day objectives. The American troops of the 4th Infantry Division who disembarked at Utah had the objective of controlling both Crisbecq and Azeville batteries by the afternoon of D-day. The German resistance was more intense than had been anticipated. By the evening of D-day, the Americans had not been able to move against either batterie, and despite the best efforts of the navy force at sea, the batteries and most of their defences were still in tact. The first American assault on Crisbecq was a disaster and the Americans withdrew. On the morning of June 7th the Americans launched their first attack on Azeville. Infantry, supported by Sherman 75 mm tanks approached casemates 3 & 4 from the south east. The first tanks got to within 80 metres of the casemates, and both the Americans and Germans opened fire at the same time.
    The first assault amounted to nothing but there were many dead on both sides. This was the first of many assaults and between each assault the USS Nevada shelled both batteries together with Quineville a little further to the north. During the night of June 7th - 8th, the Americans tried to surround both batteries for another assault. The commander of Crisbecq "Commander Ohmsen" phoned Azeville to ask that them to shell his batterie to try and dislodge the Americans. During the night of June 8th - 9th the USS Nevada damaged casemate No 1 with two 356 mm shells (14 inch). The first caused the damage visible on the exterior wall and the second came in through the gun window. This shell did not explode, but killed the gun crew of five before entering the plotting room and also killed the crew in here. During the morning of June 9th, the Americans bombarded the area and encountered weak resistance. The Captain walked out of casemate No 4 with an American parachutist who had 
    been taken prisoner earlier, waving a white flag. For the troops at Azeville the war was over. Of the German force of around 250 at the start of the battles 169 were taken prisoner. 


    Day Three, Sunday June 3rd 2018 Sainte Mère Eglise – La Fière
    DZ La Fière : Operation George Tullidge 82nd AB (KIA June 1944) 

    One of the essential missions of the 82nd American Airborne Division was to take the bridges spanning the Fière river and the ones in Chef-du-Pont, all located west of Sainte-Mère-Église. Between 6 and 9 June 1944, fierce battles took place in the surrounding area of Merderet, in the midst of swamps purposely flooded by German forces.
    On 6 June, at daybreak, a company belonging to the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) as well as soldiers from the 507th and 508th regiments took the La Fière manor as well as the bridge over la Fière river by storm. At the end of the afternoon, German forces, though backed up by tanks, failed to recapture the bridge.
    The following two days German forces counter-attacked repeatedly. Yet, in spite of a lack of ammunitions, the American soldiers stood their ground. On 9 June General John Gavin led a bloody assault through the flooded areas to take control of the road and make it safe. Backed up by tanks from Utah Beach, American paratroopers managed, once and for all, to take the village of Cauquigny. This victory put an end to the battle of La Fière river.
    To pay tribute to the numerous American paratroopers and infantry men who lost their lives in this area, a statute baptized ‘Iron Mike’ was erected. This year again, the RCPT will perform commemorative airdrops along with the active military airborne forces on DZ “La Fière”. Our 2018 jump will be dedicated to George Tullidge, who valiantly served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, he was wounded during the battle of the la Fière bridge and succumbed to his wounds on June 8th, on board a ship to England. He was 20 years old..

    Day Four, Monday June 4th 2018 Foucarville
    Operation "Continental Central Enclosure No 19" DZ “A” 
    Shortly after D-day the amount of German prisoners captured by the Allies was causing problems as many small camps were springing up around Normandy.
    It was decided in order to save man power in guarding the Germans that larger camps would be formed. It was to be known as "Continental Central Enclosure No 19"
    The camp at Fourcaville established on DZ “A” was eventually to house 20,000 prisoners eventually 40,000 Axis prisoners were kept here, including 218 Generals and even 6 Admirals.

    Day Five, Tuesday June 5th late night Jump.
    Operation “Miss Drop on Normandy”. Secret Location, Normandy.

    This jump is dedicated to Paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Units that missed their drop zones in the early hours of the 6th June 1944. You’ll land in Normandy for sure but you’ll get more information on the ground!

    Schedule: (this is a tentative schedule, updates will be sent out if changes occur.) 

    Thursday, May 31st 
    Who: Cross Channel Operation “Albany” participants.
    Place: RCPT HQ 3 Saussetour, 50310 Fresville
    When: 07.00 AM 
    Purpose: Paper checks, signing of waivers, equipment checks
    10.30 AM Group departure to Cherbourg.
    12.30 PM Departure Ferryboat Cherbourg – Portsmouth
    02.30 PM Arrival Portsmouth and ground transportation to Upottery- RCPT UK HQ.
    (UK schedule to be sent separately to Cross Channel participants)

    Friday, June 1st 

    09.00 AM
    Who: ALL JUMPERS except “Albany” jumpers.
    Place: RCPT HQ 3 Saussetour, 50310 Fresville
    Purpose : Paper checks, signing of waivers, equipment checks.

    11.00 AM
    Who: DZ Personnel Carentan 
    Place: RCPT HQ 3 Saussetour, 50310 Fresville
    Purpose: DZ briefing by DZSO 
    11.00 AM: Dept DZ personnel to Carentan DZ.

    02.30 PM: Operation “Albany” Jump on Carentan DZ

    04.00 PM
    Who: “Albany” jumpers & All RCPT members welcome
    Place: Carentan: Cabbage Patch 101st AB Monument
    Purpose: Ceremony

    05.30 PM
    Who: “Albany” jumpers
    Place: Carentan Cabbage Patch
    Purpose: Departure bus to HQ RCPT Fresville.

    08.00 PM
    Who: “Albany” jumpers and DZSO personnel
    Place: Carentan, Gymnase du Haut Dyck (Port Carentan)
    Purpose :Dinner on invite of the city of Carentan
    (return by own transportation)

    Saturday, June 2nd
    Who: ALL JUMPERS AZEVILLE & DZ Personnel
    Place: RCPT HQ 3 Saussetour, 50310 Fresville

    11.00 AM Mission briefing- Initial manifest call – uniforms and equipment check
    DZSO Briefing.

    12.00 AM Departure Bus from HQ Fresville to Cherbourg Maupertus Airfield

    00.45 PM Arrival Bus Airfield - Sustained Airborne Training – JMPI

    02.30 PM Loading Aircraft and takeoff

    03.00 PM P-hour Azeville Chalk 1 – D-bags drop

    04.00 PM (Optional 2nd Chalk)

    Parachute Packing Demonstration on DZ Azeville
    & Azeville festivities

    H- TBD Return to Fresville HQ


    Sunday, June 3rd
    Who: ALL JUMPERS LA FIERE & DZ Personnel
    Place: RCPT HQ 3 Saussetour, 50310 Fresville

    06.00 AM Mission briefing- Initial manifest call – uniforms and equipment check
    DZSO Briefing.

    07.00 AM Departure Bus from HQ Fresville to Cherbourg Maupertus Airfield

    07.45 AM Arrival Bus Airfield - Sustained Airborne Training – JMPI

    10.00AM Loading Aircraft and takeoff

    10.30 AM P-hour La Fière Chalk 1 

    01.00 PM Loading Aircraft and takeoff

    01.30 PM P-hour La Fière Chalk 2

    02.30 PM Ceremony Iron Mike, La Fière

    05.00 PM Departure bus to Sainte Mère Eglise
    No transportation scheduled (yet) from SME to HQ Fresville

    Monday, June 4th
    Who: ALL JUMPERS Foucarville & DZ Personnel
    Place: RCPT HQ 3 Saussetour, 50310 Fresville

    12.00 AM Mission briefing- Initial manifest call – uniforms and equipment check
    DZSO Briefing.

    01.00 PM Departure Bus from HQ Fresville to Cherbourg Maupertus Airfield

    01.45 PM Arrival Bus Airfield - Sustained Airborne Training – JMPI

    03.30 PM Loading Aircraft and takeoff
    04.00 PM P-hour Foucarville Chalk 1 

    05.00 PM (Optional 2nd Chalk)

    06.00 PM Drinks and gathering with the town council & public near the DZ

    07.00 PM Return bus to HQ Fresville


    Tuesday, June 5th
    Who: ALL JUMPERS “MISS DROP ON NORMANDY”& DZ Personnel
    Place: RCPT HQ 3 Saussetour, 50310 Fresville

    04.00 PM Mission briefing- Initial manifest call – uniforms and equipment check
    DZSO Briefing.

    05.00 PM Departure Bus from HQ Fresville to Cherbourg Maupertus Airfield

    06.00 PM Arrival Bus Airfield - Sustained Airborne Training – JMPI

    08.15 PM Loading Aircraft and takeoff

    09.00 PM (or later) P-hour DZ XXXX

    Campsite Fresville HQ

  • 4 Apr 2018 09:11 | John Hoffstetter (Administrator)

    RCPT-USA will be returning to the TICO Warbird Airshow now known as the Space Coast Warbird Airshow in Titusville, Florida.  The airshow lasts from Friday April 6th through the weekend.  RCPT-USA will be conducting a World War II demonstration parachute jump from the C-47 Placid Lassie at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

    The TICO Warbird AirShow is famous for it's busy and fast paced flying program with a mix of historic warbirds, modern jets and aerobatic teams.

    The 2018 AirShow will feature an afternoon/evening show on Friday the 6th of April followed by two full days of flying on Saturday and Sunday.

    RCPT-USA will have informative displays, interactive presentations, and jump preparation and command demonstrations on the aircraft staging line and RCPT-USA’s team area. 

  • 25 Sep 2017 08:26 | John Hoffstetter (Administrator)

    Stuart, Florida —  The Round Canopy Parachute Team- USA (RCPT-USA), a World War II demonstration parachute team, is proud to participate in The Stuart Air Show 2017 from November 3-5, 2017.  RCPT-USA is returning in 2017 and will be conducting three WWII style parachute jumps from the C-47 warbird, Tico Belle. 

    There will be informative displays, interactive presentations, and jump preparation and command demonstrations on the aircraft staging line and RCPT-USA’s team area. RCPT-USA participated in one of the largest WWII parachute demonstrations.  This record setting multi-ship parachute drop was reported as the largest WWII style parachute demonstration ever at an airshow in Ypsilanti, Michigan. RCPT-USA routinely participates in commemorations of Normandy and Market Garden parachute operations.  RCPT-USA work with several WWII veteran aircraft including the C-47 Tico Belle, the C-53  D-Day Doll, the C-46 Tinker Belle, and other WW2 transport aircraft from around the world. RCPT-USA uses state of the art communications and drop zone planning to perform safe and professional airborne operations. 

    RCPT-USA’s mission is to safely perform World War II style parachuting activities as well as conducting memorial services to honor Allied Paratroopers and all veterans who fought and died to defeat despotism around the world.  We do this in order to reinforce the memory of their priceless deeds of valor and their selfless sacrifices to restore peace on Earth.  Many of RCPT-USA members are retired or active members of the United States and Allied militaries who have performed airborne operations around the world.

    RCPT-USA is a member of the International Council of Air Shows, and attends the ICAS convention annually.

    RCPT-USA have conducted Successful airshows from coast to coast. Contact us at rcpt.us@gmail.com.


  • 15 Feb 2017 19:50 | David Hamilton (Administrator)

    RCPT-USA Teamed up with Skydive Palatka and American Airborne Group for Operation SandSnake 6-12 February 2017.  On 6 February, 8 RCPT-USA JMs  participated in the annual JM refresher, to synchronize procedures for the upcoming Air Show Season. All set up Release Points, calculated wind drift using Pilot Balloons, and verified RPs by calling in VIRS from the ground with streamers released to confirm the calculated RP. 

    On 7-9 February, 2 skydivers learned round canopy procedures, round canopy  packing to prepare for the Foreign Wings jumps on the weekend. On 8-9 Feb, Dave Munoz taught SF 10 A packing to new and experienced jumpers. 9 February provided a SF10A refresher for several returning jumpers.

    10-12 February provided static line round and free-fall jumps with Foreign JMs from Thailand, Estonia, Italy, and the Philippines, thanks to the American Airborne Group.

    All in all, it was a great event, with lots of camaraderie and Airborne fun! Despite aircraft cancellations,  competing events, severe weather the resourcefulness and flexibility of  the Skydive Palatka staff and JM teams




  • 20 Sep 2016 19:42 | David Hamilton (Administrator)

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    A team of RCPT-USA parachutists traveled to Park Latour,  Oirschott, Netherlands from 14-18 September 2016 to commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of Operation MARKET GARDEN with 4 Jumps in to historic and memorial Drop Zones. Jim Logg, Tom and Mary Ann McMullen, Tienie Van Schoor, Dave and Jane Hamilton, Stephen Mitchener, and JD Wilson. Round Canopy Parachuting Team in Europe hosted the event, which included jumps at DZ Crossroads, DZ Roond, DZ Grave, and DZ Valkenswaard. More than 70 international parachutists participated in the 4 drops. Memorial Ceremonies and wreath layings at the Crossroads Battlefeild Memorial Marker from the E Co, 2/506 PIR Action on 5 October 1944, The  Resistance Monument in the Kampina Forest, The Grave Bridge Memorial and the British Cemetery in  Valkenswaard tied the jumps to the historic sacrifices of the Soldiers, Airmen, Paratroopers on each side of the conflict, as well as the long sacrifices of the occupied peoples across the continent, and the contributions of Resistance forces to victory. Great international camaraderie, professional planning and execution, and rustic but comfortable accommodations made for a great event!! Thanks to RCPT, Hubert Achten, Dominique Jamie, and Peter Braun for planning and hosting just a great event!!


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