WATCH: WWII Era Flyover Honors First Responders, Essential Workers

Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.

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JAMESTOWN – A vintage military plane flyover visited parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties on Saturday morning, recognizing first responders and essential workers.

Hosted by the National Warplane Museum, “Operation Thanks From Above” consisted of World War II-era planes.

The planes departed from the Geneseo Airport at 10 a.m. before arriving at Long Point State Park around 10:37 a.m. The aircraft traveled to Jamestown, flying over UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.

Image via the National Warplane Museum.

The planes then flew over parts of Cattaraugus County, visiting the Universal Primary Care in Salamanca and south to the Bradford Medical Center around 11 a.m.

The flyover took place on the 76th Anniversary of D-Day. On this day in 1944, Allied Troops invaded Normandy, France, to fight Nazi Germany. More than 160,000 troops, 13,000 aircraft and 5,000 ships took part in the operation.

It’s estimated approximately 10,000 Allied Soldiers were either killed, wounded or went missing in action. More than 6,600 of them were Americans.

In total, the vintage planes flew over more than 60 locations in the southern tier. A previous event was held in May that included other parts of Western New York.


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