For Immediate Release
June 4, 2010
AFA Remembers D-Day, June 6, 1944
Arlington, VA – On June 6, 1944, Allied forces invaded Nazi-controlled Normandy. Facing severe hostile fire, 160,000 heroic troops took the beaches, ferried and supported by 7,000 ships and water craft, while Allied pilots flew 15,000 air sorties on D-Day.
The Air Force Association (AFA) remembers and salutes the heroism and valor of the American and Allied forces that fought for freedom on D-Day.
Over the next year following D-Day, 3 million Allied troops would serve in the final clash with Nazi Germany, and the Allied air forces would lose more than 4,100 aircraft in a matter of weeks in Europe. At this time in 1944, Allied forces had also already campaigned in Italy, Africa and elsewhere, and were simultaneously at war in the Pacific. Scholars estimate 22 million people lost their lives worldwide during World War II. Over 292,000 Americans died in all theaters of the war, part of over a million total U.S. casualties.
It is for this reason we honor those who fought on this day. All gave some and some gave all.
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