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Video: The first Allied airplane crew on D-Day

© FRANCE 24

Video by Gary GRABLI

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-05

Jacob Feldman was part of the first military crew that flew over Normandy on D-Day. Seventy years later, he recalls the historic feat with modesty in an interview with FRANCE 24.

Feldman was just 21 years old on June 6, 1944 – the day the young pilot flew his plane across the English Channel and above Nazi-occupied France. The aircraft was transporting the first US paratroopers who would drop into Normandy on that fateful day.

The success of D-Day allowed Allied troops to reclaim the coastline of Normandy, and eventually liberate the rest of France.

“I feel close to the French, I feel like they’re relatives,” Feldman told FRANCE 24 at a recent ceremony onboard a US Navy ship in Miami, where he was among the guests of honour.

In front of his wife and daughter, Feldman was awarded the Legion of Honour – France’s highest military decoration – for his contribution in World War II.

To watch FRANCE 24’s video report on D-Day veteran Jacob Feldman, click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-06-05

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