On the occasion of the 50-year commemoration in 1994, members of the UBA departments NNV and GBN started an annual expedition to Ranville on the historic Pegasus bridge. Corporal Tappenden landed there with the paratroopers of the British 6th Airborne on the night of 5-6th June 1944 near two bridges.
Under the leadership of Major Howard, Tappenden sent the historic "Ham and Jam" to England with his radio station WS 38. This meant that the bridges were intact in their possession. This was the start for the Normandy landing on 6th June 2019. The GBN and NNV departments donated a similar WS 38 radio to the museum, with which corporal Tappenden sent this message. The son of Corporal Tappenden sent the message back into the air with this radio station in 2004.
This year the expedition will continue with departure from Belgium on Friday 31st May 2019 and return on 7th June 2019. UBA members Xavier ON4ALY, Fernand ON6UF and Hans ON3HBB are present and work together with RSGB sections that operate from the places where the ships left for the Normandy landings.
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