Starts & Ends: 22 Jun 2019
On 5 June 1944, General Dwight D Eisenhower travelled from D-Day HQ at Southwick House to Greenham Common, where he met troops including 502 PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment). This regiment was part of the 101st Airborne Division, and was in the first wave leaving Greenham Common on the night of 5 June to spearhead OPERATION OVERLORD, the Allied invasion of Occupied France. The first paratroopers jumped at 00:16 hours on 6 June.
In 2017 a major event was delivered on the remaining section of runway at former USAAF / USAF Greenham Common AAF 486, Newbury, Berkshire. Building on the success of this event, it is planned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day by staging a re-run of the route travelled by Eisenhower from Southwick to Greenham. This will take place on Saturday 22 June (D+16) in 2019.
The convoy starts at Southwick PO17 6EJ and travels to former RAF Lasham near ALTON GU34 5SS (approx. 25 miles) for a stopover. At this site other vehicles can join the convoy and it is planned to have a high profile venue in Basingstoke RG19 8RZ for the same purpose. The destination is Greenham Common (approx. 24 miles from Lasham) where an event will be held to commemorate and reflect on that fateful day in 1944.
The Royal British Legion Riders’ Branch (RBLR) will have a stand at Greenham Common, and would like to have some WW2 motorcycles either take part in the run, or form part of a display at the stand.
Further information is available at https://dday75.home.blog/. Anyone interested should contact Andrew Phillips, Berks RBLR coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, in the first place. We look forward to seeing you and your bikes to help commemorate this momentous event.