The anniversary of D-Day is June 6. My dad, James R. Maris, was a pilot who flew a B-24 in the battle. It was the second combat mission for him and his young crew. Together, those 10 brave men, took off in their plane nicknamed the Bad Penny, in the early morning hours from an airfield in Wendling, England. The Bad Penny was one of approximately 13,000 other aircraft in the air that day for the allied forces.
It has been my honor to help capture both my mom’s and my dad’s stories through the years. As a child and young adult, I was with my dad on many occasions as he spoke to audiences riveted to his every word about the dangers, the fears, the seemingly-impossible feats, the aviation marvels and disasters, the celebrations of victories, and sadness over losses of life.
More recently, I have interviewed my mom, Lucille Maris, telling her stories about being a young bride to this brave pilot and leader. You can learn more about how she dealt with the challenges of those times in the two-disc audio set, Stories of a Stateside Bride, and in the self-study course in Udemy, Life of a Pilot’s Wife During World War 2 (this link will take you to an enrollment page in which you can gain access to the course for just $10).
Please join me today in remembering the men and women who fought in the battle of D-Day or who were somehow associated with the event.
To hear my dad, Jim Maris, tell about his D-Day takeoff in the bomber, the Bad Penny, visit this link or watch the embedded video below.
You can also hear me read a couple of my dad’s stories when you click this link to listen to this episode of the podcast, Heartsong Fit With Vickie Maris. This is a special recording for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. You can also click on the player below.
Vickie Maris is a podcaster, author, instructor, musician, & Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who passionately shares insights on teamwork, leadership, learning & life. In her eclectic life, she plays acoustic guitar and piano accordion, is a singer/songwriter, and performs in the band Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday. She and her hubby, Scott Greeson, live on a hobby farm in Indiana with llamas, rabbits, a Jack Russell Terrier, Connemara pony and one, in-charge, cat. Vickie also has an Etsy shop in which she sells llama roving, yarn and Angora rabbit fluff.